Jada Pinkett Smith is famously known as one of slain rapper Tupac’s best friends, with the two having been documented friends for decades with pictures and even song dedications. There’s always been the wonder if the two were more than friends, but everyone knows that all friends can’t be lovers, and such was the case with Jada and Tupac.
It resurfaced recently that young Willow Smith also was a fan of her mother’s friend Tupac and that she wanted him to “come back” after his death to make her mother “happy.”
Back in 2012, Willow posted a shot of a letter that she wrote to Tupac on her Instagram. In the now deleted post, Willow wrote, “Dear Tupac, I know you are alive someplace. I think that my mommy misses you. Can you come back so mommy and me can be happy! I wish you were here… I really do! Love, Willow.”
Apparently young Willow Smith was only 11 years old when she wrote the letter, and it seems to show that Tupac’s death did have a profound affect upon herself and her mother Jada.
Jada’s relationship also had an effect on another person in the Smith household – Will.
When asked previously by The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne Tha God if he ever felt “jealous” of the “California Love” rapper, Will replied: “F–k yeah, and that was in the early days.” He continued honestly: “That was a big regret for me too because I could never open up to interact with ‘Pac. We had a little bit of a thing because they grew up together and they loved each other but they never had a sexual relationship.”
Revealing the extent of the tension between them, Will recalled: “We were in the room together a couple of times and I couldn’t speak to him. He wasn’t going to speak to me if I wasn’t going to speak to him.” Though Pac himself was more of a “hardcore” rapper at the time, Will knew that he wasn’t a total slouch himself.
“‘Pac had a little thing on that, but she just loved him,” he admits. “He was the image of perfection, but she was with the Fresh Prince.” In the end, Will confessed to the fact that he was the immature one between the two and he had regrets about his actions.
“That was a huge regret of mine and I couldn’t handle it. I was the soft rapper from Philly and he was ‘Pac. I was deeply insecure and wasn’t man enough to handle that relationship.”
With all of this, no wonder people wondered if Jada and Tupac had ever been more than friends. Alas, hopes have been dashed for a while now. Back in 2015, Jada told shock jock Howard Stern that they tried to kiss, and it just wasn’t in the cards for them.
“When you have two young people that have very strong feelings, but there was no physical chemistry between us at all, and it wasn’t even just for me. It was him too,” she told the DJ.
“You know, it’s so funny. Now being older, I have more of an understanding of what that was between us,” she said of their relationship. “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. The only way I can put it is, the higher power just did not want that.”
“The only way I can put it is, the higher power just did not want that,” Pinkett Smith clarified. “If Pac and I had any kind of sexual chemistry, we might have killed each other because we were both so passionate. And you know, we loved deeply. It was hard enough just with us being friends. We had a very volatile relationship.”
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