Back in the 1990s, Jada Pinkett Smith and the late Tupac Shakur were tight.

During a recent appearance on the Howard Stern Show, the actress detailed her relationship with the legendary rapper, saying that as time passes, she has a better perspective of their friendship.

“Being older, I have more of an understanding of what that was between us,” Jada said. “Because, when you have two young people that have very strong feelings, but there is 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.”

As she continued, Smith explained why a romantic relationship between them wasn’t meant to be.

“The only way I can put it is just the higher power did not want that,” she explained. “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 with us just being friends. We had a very volatile relationship.”

Later, Jada recalled a conversation the two had after he had gotten out of prison, admitting she didn’t agree with the direction he had taken with Death Row Records.

“I 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,” she explained. “He felt as though I had changed. I’d gone Hollywood. I’d gone soft and I understood all of that. Looking back now, I totally understand where ‘Pac was ’cause 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.”

And finally, she talked about Pac’s death. “It was really tragic,” Jada said. “But you know what, he left a very strong and powerful mark. I mean, people are still inspired by him. So he did his work. He did his work and that’s what I’m happy about.”


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