Will Smith emotional as cancer survivor reveals how he saved her lifeNovember 19, 2021
Will Smith was moved to tears when a fan, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, revealed how he saved her life and helped her fight the disease.
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air star appeared at London’s Savoy Theatre on Thursday evening to celebrate the release of his autobiography Will.
Luther actor Idris Elba did the honours of hosting the sold-out event, which saw Will, 53, recount pinnacle moments from his life including the moment he found fame in Hollywood and his father’s death six years ago.
However, it was heartbreaking testimony from an audience member that proved to be one of the biggest moments from the talk.
Shortly after Will had discussed the importance of letting go of fear, one woman, a teacher named Terri, stood up from her seat and delivered a devastating account of her health battle and how the actor helped her overcome the disease.
Speaking near the front row of the audience as Will held a microphone for her, Terri explained: ‘Two and a half years ago I was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. My life was over.
‘I’m a teacher and I was preparing an assembly for my students and I stumbled on your video Fault Vs. Responsibility, and if you haven’t watched it, it’s the most amazing thing that resonated with me because it’s not my fault I’m in this position but it’s damn sure my responsibility.’
Terri was referring to a viral video from three years ago in which Will discussed who has fault and who has responsibility in a situation.
After hearing his fan’s story, the Oscar-nominated actor immediately gave her a warm hug and said repeatedly: ‘God bless you.’
He then proceeded to sign her copy of his autobiography, as did Idris, and was visibly moved by her journey.
Emotions ran high elsewhere during the talk, as Will recalled his final conversation with his father on FaceTime before he died 45 minutes later. The Suicide Squad actor also spoke about him pushing his daughter Willow into a music career and the moment he realised he wasn’t listening to what she wanted.
Will Smith’s candid autobiography, Will, is out now.
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