Will Smith Admits To Being Jealous Of Jada Pinkett And Tupac’s Friendship
Will Smith has admitted to feeling jealous about his wife, Jada Pinkett’s deep connection with late rap legend Tupac Shakur.
The American actor opened up to Charlamagne tha God with his costar Martin Lawrence while promoting their new film “The Bad Boys for Life” when he was asked if he had ever been jealous of the love Jada had for the late rapper.
“You know, they grew up together and they loved each other but they never had a sexual relationship but they had come into that age where it was a possibility and then Jada was with me,” Will said.
“Pac had a little thing on that but she just loved him, like he was the image of perfection, but she was with the Fresh Prince, you know? So, I never could, we were in the room together a couple of times, I couldn’t speak to him, and he wasn’t going to speak to me if I wasn’t going to speak to him.”
Charlamagne was surprised and remarked that he thought the Will and Tupac “would have so much in common”.
“That’s what Jada would say all the time: ‘I’m telling you, y’all are so similar, you would love him,’” Will recounted. “And I just never… that was a huge regret of mine, I couldn’t handle it.”
At the time, he was also lacking confidence in himself, the actor explained.
“I was the soft rapper from Philly and he was Pac,” Will continued. “I was deeply, deeply insecure and I wasn’t man enough to handle that relationship,” Will added.
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Tupac Amaru Shakur whose birth name is Lesane Parish Crooks was is considered by many as one of the most significant rappers of all time. Much of Shakur’s work has been noted for addressing contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities, and he is considered a symbol of resistance and activism against inequality.
He was shot on the night of September 1996 while riding in the passenger seat of the BMW with Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight. He was 25.
Jada Pinkett and Shakur met on the first day of high school in Baltimore and grew increasingly close until Jada walked away from their friendship when she felt his life was getting too dangerous.