Jada Pinkett Smith shared an unreleased poem by her former friend Tupac Shakur in a video that was shared on her Instagram account on Tuesday.
The 49-year-old actress posted the video during a first commemoration of what would have been the late rapper’s 50th birthday, while expanding on her relationship with the performer.
Fans have always speculated that the beauty and the late rapper have dated before, as she has spoken at length about their chemistry together on several occasions in the past.
Private letter: Jada Pinkett Smith shared an unpublished letter from her late friend Tupac Shakur to celebrate what would have been her 50th birthday in a video that was shared on her Instagram account on Tuesday
Pinkett Smith began her video acknowledging the special occasion and remarked that she chose to celebrate the day by browsing through her old memories of songwriter California Love.
She said: “As many of you know today would have been Pac’s birthday. He would have been 50 this year. And of course, you know, I’ve been to the past.
The A Different World actress then noted that while the performer had “written me many letters and many poems,” the one she chose to share, titled Lost Soulz, had never been shown. to the public.
The Red Table Talk host also pointed out that while the rapper has released a song under the same name before, the letter featured its original version which she said was written while on Rikers Island.
In retrospect: At the beginning of the clip, Magic XXL actress Mike XXL said that she “went to the past” in remembrance of her late friend; she is seen in 2020
Something new: she started reading a handwritten poem that Shakur had previously written to her, which had never been shown to the public
Pinkett Smith then began reading the poem to his nearly 11 million followers, during which the All About You songwriter said, “I witnessed all that was pure in me / to be changed by the evil that men can do ”.
He developed the theme of personal change in his poem and expressed that although I had previously lived with “innocence… surviving years with criminal peers / made my heart cold”.
Shakur concluded his poem by expressing his life-changing desire “let me live to see what was gold in me / before it’s too late”.
She also wrote a brief message in the caption of her post which read in part, “As we prepare to celebrate his legacy… let us remember him for what we loved most… the way he spoke.” ”
Heartfelt dedication: In the caption of his post, Pinkett Smith encouraged his fans to “remember him for what we loved most … the way he spoke”
The couple first met at the Baltimore School for the Arts during their teenage years, and although they didn’t get along at first, they eventually became very close.
During a 2015 interview on The Howard Stern Show, Pinkett Smith noted that she kissed the rapper at some point during their time in high school, although the two decided not to do it again.
She remembered, “There was a time when I was like, ‘Kiss me! Let’s just see how it goes “, and… that had to be the most disgusting kiss for both of us. ”
The Magic Mike XXL actress was grateful that she realized they weren’t meant for each other, as she assumed they “could’ve killed each other because we were both so passionate. and that we love each other deeply ”.
Past Connection: The actress and rapper met during their teenage years and eventually became very close while in high school together; they are photographed in 1996
Missed connection: Pinkett Smith recalled that the two kissed on an episode of The Howard Stern Show in 2015, although she pointed out that it was “the most disgusting kiss for both of us”; she is pictured in 2020
However, the couple fell out towards the end of the rapper’s life, as he reportedly felt her change in personality after her success in the entertainment industry, when she felt her way of life was changing. more and more dangerous.
Shakur was ultimately assassinated in Las Vegas, Nevada in September 1996 under still unclear circumstances, and the two had not spoken for a long time before his death.
Pinkett Smith went on to form a relationship with Will Smith and eventually married him, with whom she shares her son Jaden and daughter Willow, aged 22 and 20, respectively.
The friends relationship was partially covered in the 2017 biopic All Eyez On Me, with Demetrius Shipp, Jr and Kat Graham playing the two.
After the film’s release, the actress spoke out against portraying herself and the late rapper, citing the misrepresentation and dramatization of their past as the main reasons for her displeasure.
Moving on: the actress married Will Smith and welcomed a son named Jaden and a daughter named Willow; she is seen with her husband at the 2019 premiere of Gemini Man