Saying Jada loves Tupac is one big, fat understatement since she’s as passionate about Pac as your man is about his favorite sports team.
It’s been more than 20 years since his death, and the 45-year-old actress will still correct you when it comes to her friendship with fallen friend Pac, coming to tears at times.
With the release of the much anticipated Tupac biopic “All Eyez on Me”, she wasn’t too satisfied with the way her character was portrayed in the movie.
The day the movie hit theaters on June 16th, which is also Pac’s birthday, the mom-of-two took to Twitter to reveal that she saw the film and details about her relationship with Pac weren’t exactly accurate. The tea is hot, so sip carefully!
Pac never read me that poem. I didn’t know that poem existed until it was printed in his book.
I’ve never been to any of Pac’s shows by his request. We never had an argument backstage.
Although she critiqued the events in the movie, she did have positive words for Kat Graham and Demetrius Shipp, who played the role of Jada & Tupac in the biopic.
To @KatGraham and @Dshippjr this is no fault of yours. Thank you for bringing so much heart and spirit to your roles.
Happy birthday Pac, you are cradled in my heart for eternity. I love you.
Although Jada married Will Smith, she and Tupac had a very loving and indescribable friendship, with Pac calling her his “heart in human form.” With powerful words like that, you would think their friendship would’ve evolved into something romantic, but as we know it never did.
While they regarded each other as soulmates, the sexual chemistry just wasn’t there. In her lengthy interview with Howard Stern in 2015 , Jada confessed that she and Pac did try to take it there one time, but the both of them were completely grossed out when they shared a kiss. Jada’s thankful it never got to that point though since she felt like they were both too passionate to romantically be together.
That passion and stubbornness are what was partly to blame for their friendship souring. Unfortunately, Jada and Tupac never really made up before he was murdered in 1996. However, the experience did make her appreciate time as she learned that life’s too short for disagreements with people you love.
Here’s a few other things we learned about her relationship with Tupac from that emotional interview:
1.) Their relationship was strictly platonic and there was no chemistry (They tried to kiss once and it was gross!)
Jada: “I met Tupac at Baltimore School For The Arts. We went to high school together. He was a revolutionary without a revolution if that makes any kind of sense. And that kind of energy just transferred to a whole other thing.
It’s so funny, because now being older, I have more of an understanding of what that was between us because, you know when you have two young people who have very strong feelings, but there’s NO physical chemistry between us at all. And it wasn’t even just for me! It was him too. 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. Because I feel as though, if Pac and I had any kind of sexual chemistry, we might’ve killed each other because we were both so passionate. And you know, we love deeply. It was hard enough just with us being friends. We had a very volatile relationship.”
2) Even though Pac was poor when Jada met him, she was not shocked when he eventually became a huge star
Jada: “It was his poetry; it was his personality. I had never in my life met a person like Pac. He had so much charisma! And he was poor! When I met Pac, he owned two pairs of pants and two sweaters. And that’s it.
I absolutely was not shocked [when he reached the level of fame he did.] I knew that was going to happen.
It’s crazy. And he used to tell me all the time, ‘Jada, you’re a superstar. You’re a superstar.’ He didn’t say it about himself, but he used to say it about me. And he went to Oakland, up North, and things started jumping off for him. It really happened for us both at the same time..”
3) Their friendship began to change after Pac went to jail
Jada: “There were a lot of things that transpired once he went to jail. It was really once he came out that he changed quite a bit, which is understandable. Jail was a very difficult experience for him. And, of course, we were on two sides of the spectrum. Pac and I have always had very intense conversations, arguments. And if we disagree with each other, we disagree hardcore. And we had a very hardcore disagreement.
I just wasn’t in agreement with the direction he was taking. And I just told him that it was a destructive direction, a very scary direction. And he felt as though I had changed, I got Hollywood, I had gone soft. And looking back now, I totally understand where Pac was because, at that particular point in time, that mentality was part of his survival for that moment. And it was actually a mentality he started to come out of before he was murdered.”
4) She is still feeling sadness for not telling Pac she loved him before he died
Jada: “You know, I don’t think I was guilty as much as I felt, just sadness, for not having the opportunity to tell him that I loved him. But I know he knew that because it wasn’t the first time that we had had a bad argument and had stopped speaking and all that. That was kind of a constant in our relationship. So I didn’t really look at it as a reason to feel guilty. But 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 and care about.”
Howard Stern: I can tell you’re really emotional about him, I mean, you’re crying. When you think of him, you have tears in your eyes.
Jada: “Yeah, you know, I love him.”
Not making amends and not getting any closure must be why she still gets teary-eyed two decades later. Sure, she knows Pac knew she loved him, but when you and your friend are fighting, that’s not always at the forefront of your/their brain. And 20 years later, that lack of closure is still painful.
Watch a clip from the film below:
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