Jada Pinkett-Smith: I was a ‘drug dealer’ when I met Tupac Shakur


In this Sept. 4, 1996, file photo, rapper Tupac Shakur arrives at New York’s Radio City Music Hall for the 13th Annual MTV Video Music Awards. A New York judge has stopped on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, an impending auction of pop star Madonna’s personal items, including a love letter from Shakur, her former boyfriend.  (AP Photo/Todd Plitt, File)

Jada Pinkett Smith revealed that she was once a drug dealer when she first met the late rapper, Tupac Shakur.

While promoting her new flick, “Girls Trip,” on SiriusXM’s show “Sway in the Morning,” the 45-year-old actress shed light on her longtime friendship with Tupac, who was gunned down in 1996.

“It’s kind of hard because I haven’t really told the whole story,” she revealed. “One of the things that’s very interesting that I’ve never really said before is that when I first met Pac, when we first met, I was a drug dealer…That’s how we started.”

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Shakur and Smith supported each other through thick and thin. When Smith broke away from selling drugs, Shakur’s life took a detour and he eventually ventured into drug dealing.

“Pac and our relationship was about survival,” Smith said. “There was a point in which we met and then we kind of were going our separate ways. And I just felt like, ‘OK God, one day you’re going to do for Pac what you did for me, which is you saved me’ and that just never happened for him. And so that is something that I am constantly having to confront.”

“I know that most people wanna always connect us in this romance thing, but that’s just because they don’t have the story,” Smith concluded.

Her statement comes after she criticized the recently shown Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me,” which is based on his fourth studio album of the same name. “The re-imagining of my relationship to Pac has been deeply hurtful,” she tweeted last month following the biopic’s release.   Gianna Francesca Catolico /ra


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