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Will Smith features in video as son Jaden celebrates his birthday

The star has remained out of the spotlight for months

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Hannah Hargrave
Hannah HargraveUS Deputy Editor
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Will Smith has only been seen publicly once since he slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards in March. 

The Men in Black actor was left distraught following his life-changing outburst and has chosen to step away from the public eye.

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But on Friday, his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, gave fans a rare look at family life behind closed doors with a video celebrating the birthday of their son, Jaden, 24. 

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Taking to Instagram, Jada posted a tribute to their boy with a series of throwback photos and videos, many featuring Will. 

In one clip, he was seen embracing the rapper and actor in a tender moment. Another showed Will carrying Jaden on his shoulders in happy family times. 

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She captioned the post: "To the sunshine of my heart …Happy Birthday."

Jada shared a tribute to her and Will's son Jaden on his birthday 

His birthday comes months after the headline-making incident during which Will hit Chris for making a joke about his wife's hair loss. 

He later admitted he was wrong and said in a statement: "I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong."

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He added: "Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behaviour at last night's Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada's medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally."

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Will has been supported by his family since the Oscars incident 

Jada also broke her silence over the matter while continuing her appearances on Red Table Talk.

"About Oscar night," she stated. "My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile.

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The moment Will hit Chris at the Academy Awards

"With the state of the world today, we need 'em both, and we all actually need one another more than ever.

"Until then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years — and that's [to] keep figuring out this thing called life together. Thank you for listening."

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