Will Smith, Janet Hubert Hug at Event Post-Reconciliation

A Celebratory Event Unites Former TV Family Members

by Zain ul Abedin
Will Smith, Janet Hubert Hug at Event Post-Reconciliation
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In a heartwarming display of friendship and support, Will Smith was seen embracing Janet Hubert, famously known for her role as the original Aunt Viv on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," at a book event celebrating Hubert's latest project, "JG and the BC Kids." This project aims to empower both book-smart and street-smart children, demonstrating Hubert's commitment to fostering growth and education in young minds.

Smith, aged 55, took to Instagram to share his enthusiasm for the event, praising Hubert, 68, for her genius and expressing gratitude for the opportunity to introduce "JG and the BC Kids" to an eager audience of 200 students from Embrace Girl Power, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young girls.

His post reflected a genuine warmth and excitement for Hubert's initiative, highlighting the strengthened bond between the two since their reconciliation in 2020. During the event, attendees witnessed a touching reunion between Smith and Hubert, with their interaction filled with humor and affection.

Hubert warmly welcomed Smith, acknowledging his presence with a heartfelt "Thank you for coming, baby!" to which Smith responded with admiration for the moment. Their exchange included playful banter, with Smith joking about his youthful appearance being the result of "the finest nuts and berries."

Reunion and Healing

The highlight of the event was Smith's engaging presence on stage, where he led the young audience in motivational chants and shared insights from "JG and the BC Kids," alongside Hubert.

He spoke to the children about the importance of embracing their uniqueness and the struggles they might face in doing so, drawing from his and Hubert's personal experiences to inspire and encourage the young minds before him.

This reunion and collaborative effort come after a poignant reconciliation between Smith and Hubert on the HBO Max special celebrating the 30th anniversary of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." Their candid discussion during the special allowed them to address and heal from a longstanding feud that began during their time on the show, culminating in Hubert's departure in 1993.

In a 2021 interview with PEOPLE, Hubert reflected on her newfound peace with Smith and the significant impact of their reconciliation. She expressed a sense of liberation from the need to prove herself and the joy of having a "very good relationship" with Smith, highlighting the mutual respect and understanding that has blossomed between them.

Hubert's sentiments underscore a journey of healing and forgiveness, marking a new chapter in their relationship that fans of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and supporters of positive growth and reconciliation can celebrate.

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