Jada Pinkett Smith, who is addressing rumors about her relationship with her husband Will Smith, has dropped a startling secret about the origins of her relationship with Tupac Shakur.
The “Girls Trip” star had been making the rounds to promote the ensemble comedy film, and when she stopped by “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” Thursday, July 20, she addressed a longstanding rumor about her sex life with Smith.
“The craziest rumor?” Pinkett Smith says when a caller asked about the most off-the-wall report the actress has heard about her family. “That Will and I are swingers. That’s the craziest one. It’s constant. And I’m like, ‘Yo, I wish!'”
Another thing that is constant is the idea that Pinkett Smith’s relationship with Shakur was a romantic one, but she said their friendship was based on something more primal.
“I know that most people wanna always connect us in this romance thing, but that’s just because they don’t have the story,” Pinkett Smith told SiriusXM’s “Sway in the Morning,” Wednesday. “But it was based in survival, how we held each other down, you know what I’m saying? And when we have somebody that has your back when you feel like you’re nothing, that’s everything.”
The entertainers befriended one another as students at Baltimore School For The Arts in the ’80s, and at the time, Pinkett Smith claims she had a hustle that she hasn’t spoken about until now.
“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,” she says, adding that as she was getting out of that activity Tupac was picking it up.
The two remained close until his death in 1996, and when his biopic “All Eyez On Me” debuted in June, Pinkett Smith slammed the portrayal of her relationship with him. Now she has resolved to be at peace with the issue.
“A couple days ago I had to just lay that down too and realize this is God’s work,” she says. “It’s not for me to protect his legacy. Whatever ‘Pac’s fate has been just around his life, around his story, around his legacy, God’s got it. And I just gotta really lay down my feelings and trust that God’s got this.”