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‘Worst shape of my life’: Will Smith unveils ‘pandemic body’ in relatable post

'This is the body that carried me through an entire pandemic and countless days grazing through the pantry.'


Mikael Thalen

Internet Culture

Published May 4, 2021   Updated May 5, 2021, 11:54 am CDT

Will Smith shared a relatable post on Instagram this week in which he claimed to be in the worst shape of his life.

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The post, which features a photo of a shirtless Smith, has thus far racked up well over 6 million likes.

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“I’m gonna be real wit yall,” the iconic actor wrote. “I’m in the worst shape of my life.”

The post was inundated with comments applauding the movie star and YouTuber for being open about his body.

“You’re a real one for this,” YouTuber Casey Neistat said.

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Others argued that the rap legend looked good at any weight.

“You’re Will Smith!!” popular Instagram user @sonnarele said. “You can be in whatever shape you want.”

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In a followup post on Tuesday, however, Smith announced his plans to “get in the best shape of” his life.

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Sharing yet another photo of himself, this time in only underwear, Smith blamed frequent “grazing thru the pantry” during the pandemic for his current state.

“This is the body that carried me through an entire pandemic and countless days grazing through the pantry,” he wrote. “I love this body, but I wanna FEEL better.”

The action star went on to reveal that he teamed up with YouTube in order to get his “health & wellness back on track.”

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“No more midnight muffins… this is it!” he added. “Imma get in the BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!!!!!”

It remains unclear whether Smith will document his transformation on his personal YouTube channel or as part of a special documentary with the platform.

Few have any doubts that Smith will accomplish his goal. The actor is no stranger to drastically changing his physical appearance, having gained significant muscle mass for his role as Muhammad Ali in 2001, among others.

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*First Published: May 4, 2021, 7:28 pm CDT