The recent Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me was a box office bomb and a critical failure. It led to a great deal of controversy and a copyright lawsuit, plus even more bad buzz when Jada Pinkett Smith spoke out against the film.
After slamming All Eyez On Me for inaccurately portraying their history, Pinkett Smith recently appeared on the SiriusXM talk show Sway in the Morning. During the interview, she mentioned a new biographical detail — she was a drug dealer when she first met Shakur. She told Sway in the Morning:
"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... I won’t get into the details of it cause I’m writing a book about it, just to give you like that’s how we started — then as I was coming out, something very bad happened to me. As I was coming out of the life, he was going more into the life. And so I’ve been having kind of an existential crisis around Pac because I was coming out, he was going in and you know, there was a point in which we met and then we kind of were going our separate ways.”
Smith eventually came out of the drug-dealing life, but as she told Sway, Shakur was unfortunately heading in the other direction:
"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, you know what I’m saying? And I think that that missing component that neither one of us have ever discussed because Pac and I’s relationship was about survival. That’s how it started. And I know that most people wanna always connect us in this romance thing, but that’s just because they don’t have the story.
"There’s a lot of components to our story that we never shared, you know, for a very specific reason, and I just decided that one little piece was important to share finally because it gives more insight to who we were that it wasn’t just about, ‘you have this cute girl and this cool guy they must have been in this romance.’ Nah. It wasn’t that at all."
The relationship between Tupac Shakur and Jada Pinkett Smith has always been depicted as romantic in movies and books. But as Smith revealed on Sway in the Morning, their relationship was far more centered on surviving the streets. The two artistic legends met when they attended the Baltimore School of Arts in Maryland in their teenage years and became close friends.
Smith described the depiction of her relationship with Shakur in All Eyez On Me as "deeply hurtful," and it would've helped the movie if the filmmakers had first consulted with her on the facts, especially regarding this new important piece of their history.
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