Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about her ex-boyfriend, rapper Tupac Shakur, and how his tragic death affected her deeply, in a video from her Facebook Watch show “Red Table Talk“.
Jada and Tupac met in high-school and quickly became close friends. Studying at the Baltimore School for the Arts in Maryland, they both knew they were going places.
“A lot of people try to figure out my relationship with Pac. That was, you know, a huge loss in my life,” Pinkett Smith told her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones and 17-year-old daughter Willow Smith in the video posted on Facebook.
“Because he was one of those people that I expected to be here. My upset is more anger. Because I feel that he left me. And I know that’s not true. I really did believe he was going to be here for the long run,” wife of Will Smith said.
Both aspiring artists, they had a special connection that would last until 2Pac’s sudden death.
“It was the first day and he came over to me and introduced himself,” Pinkett Smith recalled in a May 2009 interview. “And in high school, Pac was a little funny looking. Definitely from looking at him, wasn’t necessarily the type of cat that I would even like, deal with.”
“But as soon as he approached me, he was like a magnet. Once you paid attention to him he kind of sucked you in. And we hit it off from that moment on… I don’t think either one of us thought we would have made it in the way that we did, but we knew we were gonna do something.”
When Tupac was tragically murdered in 1996, they weren’t speaking after a serious argument about how their lives were changing.
“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”.