Jada: Tupac’s ‘Friendship’ Was “Volatile” And “Passionate”
Jada Pinkett Smith and Tupac – this is the love story that never was. In a new interview with Howard Stern, Jada Pinkett Smith opens up about her friend, Tupac Shakur, 20 years after his death and cries after confessing that she regrets never telling him that she loved him.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Tupac Shakur were never lovers, but the actress claimed that she will always love the iconic rapper. Last week, Jada Pinkett Smith sat down with Howard Stern, and she talked about her old friend, who was gunned down 20 years ago.
Mrs. Smith explained how she met Tupac:
“I met Tupac at Baltimore School For The Arts. We went to high school together. He was a revolutionary without a revolution if that makes any kind of sense. And that kind of energy just transferred to a whole other thing.”
She went to add:
“It’s so funny, because now being older, I have more of an understanding of what that was between us because, you know when you have two young people who have very strong feelings, but there’s NO physical chemistry between us at all. And it wasn’t even just for me! It was him too. There was a time when I was like, ‘Just kiss me, Let’s just see how this goes. And when I tell you, it had to be the most disgusting kiss for us both.”
Jada Pinkett Smith confessed that while she loved Tupac Shakur, it was impossible for them to be lovers because they were too passionate. The mother of two shared:
“The only way I can put it is, the higher power just did not want that. Because I feel as though, if Pac and I had any kind of sexual chemistry, we might’ve killed each other because we were both so passionate. And you know, we love deeply. It was hard enough just with us being friends. We had a very volatile relationship.”
According to the TV star, she knew that her pal would one day become a superstar. She revealed:
“It was his poetry; it was his personality. I had never in my life met a person like Pac. He had so much charisma! And he was poor! When I met Pac, he owned two pairs of pants and two sweaters. And that’s it. I absolutely was not shocked [when he reached the level of fame he did. I knew that was going to happen.”
Tupac also believed in Jada Pinkett Smith and encouraged her to go for her dreams. She shared:
“It’s crazy. And he used to tell me all the time, ‘Jada, you’re a superstar. You’re a superstar.’ He didn’t say it about himself, but he used to say it about me. And he went to Oakland, up North, and things started jumping off for him. It really happened for us both at the same time.”
Will Smith‘s wife went on to explain that Tupac changed after his first trip to jail. Jada Pinkett stated:
“There were a lot of things that transpired once he went to jail. It was really once he came out that he changed quite a bit, which is understandable. Jail was a very difficult experience for him. And, of course, we were on two sides of the spectrum. Pac and I have always had very intense conversations, arguments. And if we disagree with each other, we disagree hardcore. And we had a very hardcore disagreement.”
Smith got very emotional as she spoke about how much she misses the talented artist, she added:
“You know, I don’t think I was guilty as much as I felt, just sadness, for not having the opportunity to tell him that I loved him. But I know he knew that because it wasn’t the first time that we had had a bad argument and had stopped speaking and all that. That was kind of a constant in our relationship. So I didn’t really look at it as a reason to feel guilty. But it definitely taught me a lesson, which is, life is too short. Do not let disagreements stand in between you and people that you love and care about.”
By the end of the interview, Howard Stern said: “I can tell you’re really emotional about him, I mean, you’re crying. When you think of him, you have tears in your eyes.”
Smith answered by saying:
“Yeah, you know, I love him.”
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