Jada Pinkett Smith has previously opened up about being a drug dealer during her school days and when she met rapper Tupac Shakur long before she met her husband Will
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Jada Pinkett Smith was a drug dealer when she was in school.
The actress was a dealer when she met rapper Tupac Shakur at the Baltimore School For The Arts and long before she married Will Smith.
The 50-year-old Nutty Professor star opened up about her tumultuous past relationship with drugs following the release of the Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me in 2017.
She told radio show Sway’s universe then: “It’s pretty hard because I didn’t really tell the whole story. One of the things that’s very interesting and that I’ve never really said is that when I first met Pac, when we first met, I was a drug dealer. Yes.”
But she said “something bad” that happened around that time made her go straight.
She prayed the same would happen for Tupac — who was tragically shot to death in 1996 — but that never happened.
Jada said: “When I went out of life, he went into life more.
“And so I had kind of an existential crisis around Pac … there was a point where we met and then we kind of went our separate ways.
“And I was like, ‘Okay, God, someday you’re going to do for Pac what you did for me, which is you saved me.’ And that just never happened to him, and that’s something I have to deal with all the time.
She continued, “Pac and I’s relationship was about survival. That’s how it started. And I know that most people always want to connect us in this romantic thing, but that’s just because they don’t have the story.
“I just decided it’s important to share a little bit because it gives more insight into who we are that it wasn’t just, ‘You got this cute girl and this cool guy that she’s in this must have been romance’.
“It wasn’t that at all. It was about survival… and holding each other in a way only he and I can hold each other.”
Jada had decided to talk about her school days after being unfazed by the biopic’s portrayal of her friendship with Tupac.
Their close friendship — which inspired the late rapper to write two poems about her that were included in his 1999 posthumous book The Rose That Grew From Concrete — was mentioned in the biopic, but Jada said it wasn’t entirely accurate.
She posted on social media at the time, “Forgive me…my relationship with Pac is too precious to me for the scenes in All Eyez On Me to be considered truth.”
Referring to a scene of Tupac reading a poem to Jada, she continued, “Pac never read me that poem. I didn’t know this poem existed until it was printed in his book.”
Pointing out other inaccuracies, she wrote, “Pac never said goodbye to me before he went to LA. He had to leave abruptly and it wasn’t to continue his career.
“I’ve never been to any of Pac’s shows at his request. We never had a fight backstage. Reinterpreting my relationship with Pac was deeply hurtful.”
Jada, who shares children Willow and Jaden with husband Will, said she wasn’t mad at the film’s stars for the inaccuracies and that they did a “nice job”.
Her post had come on Tupac’s birthday, and Jada added: “Happy birthday Pac, you are forever cradled in my heart. I love you.”
Jada has been in the headlines lately since Will slapped Chris Rock in the face to defend her honor at the Oscars.
Jada broke her silence on the whole thing yesterday and called for healing.
She posted a meme on Instagram that read, “This is a season of healing and I’m here for it.”
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The simple post didn’t directly address Sunday night’s incident, although it appears to be related to it.
Will shared opinion after storming the stage and punching comedian Chris Rock in the face at the Academy Awards.
Chris had made a joke about Jada’s hair, telling her he was excited to see her in GI Jane, referring to how Demi Moore shaved her head for the role.
But Jada, who has alopecia, didn’t see the funny side and appeared annoyed by it as she rolled her eyes.
Chris insisted his joke was “nice” but Will was visibly angry and walked onto the stage before slapping a stunned Chris.
Some praised him for his actions and said he was right to defend his wife’s honor, while others said he should not have used violence and some even called for his award to be stripped.
Moments after the slap, he was back on stage to accept the gong for best actor for his role in King Richard, and he apologized to the Academy and his fellow contestants.
He later issued a public apology to Chris.
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