Appearing on the Breakfast Club, Will Smith talks about the relationship between Tupac and Jada Pinkett.
When asked by Charlemagne Tha God if Will was ever jealous of Tupac Shakur, Will answered with a “F*** yeah”. “Oh my god, dude. And, that was in the early days. That was a big regret for me too, cause I could never open up to interact with ‘Pac. Cause we had a little bit of a thing, because you know they grew up together and they loved each other, but they never had a sexual relationship,” explains Will Smith.
Tupac and Jada would meet each other at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Although Jada was with Will Smith, time had passed on, but Jada still had this love for Tupac. “She just loved him, and like he was the image of perfection, but she was with the fresh prince.”
Unfortunately Will Smith and Tupac could never speak with one another. “Even when we were in a room together couple times I couldn’t speak to him, and he wasn’t going to speak to me,” said Will Smith. “That was a huge regret of mine, I couldn’t handle it. I was the soft rapper from Philly, and he was ‘Pac!”
Jada Pinkett has always been fairly open about her relationship with Tupac. Recently on her show ‘Red Table Talk‘, Jada described her relationship with Tupac as complex. “That I understood, because of the complex relationship I’ve had with ‘Pac in those moments of his, ‘Who’s that?!,’ knowing damn well there ain’t nothing like that between us,” said Jada. “Him feeling like, ‘You’re the only stability I got, I can’t afford for you to put that attention elsewhere.’ For him, it was, we were an anchor for each other. Anytime he felt like that anchor was threatened, oh my God.”
One thing that shouldn’t be misinterpreted, is the fact that according to Jada, Tupac and herself were never intimate. Tupac was very protective of Jada, and although the two were not in a relationship, Tupac was worried of losing their bond.
Throughout their careers, Tupac and Jada looked out for one another. Jada credits Tupac for kick starting her acting career. Jada explained in an interview with MTV, “I got Menace II Society through Tupac. Tupac was a part of Menace II Society first and he was the one that put me on. He was the one that called the Hughes brothers and was like, “You gotta meet my homegirl Jada.”
Jada would also contribute to Tupac’s music career. As told by former Death Row Records head of security Reggie Wright Jr., Jada paid for Tupac’s studio session during the pre-death row days.
Fast forward to 31:00 to watch Will Smith talk about Tupac shakur and Jada Pinkett Smith.