Jada Pinkett Smith is opening up about a time in her life she hasn’t talked about before.
The 45-year-old actress revealed she was a drug dealer when she met Tupac in an interview at SiriusXM Studios on Wednesday (July 19) in New York City.
“It’s kinda hard because I haven’t really told the whole story. 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,” Jada said on Sway in the Morning. “Yes. And that was, to just give you, I won’t get into the details of it cause I’m write a book about it, just to give you like that’s how we started then as I was coming out, something very bad happened to me. As I was coming out of the life, he was going more into the life. And so I’ve been having kind of an existential crisis around Pac because I was coming out, he was going in and you know, there was a point in which we met and then we kind of were going our separate ways.”
“And I just felt like okay God one day you’re going to do for Pac what you did for me, which is you saved me,” Jada said. “And that just never happened for him. And so that is something that I am constantly having to confront, you know what I’m saying? And I think that that missing component that neither one of us have ever discussed because Pac and I’s relationship was about survival. That’s how it started. And I know that most people wanna always connect us in this romance thing, but that’s just because they don’t have the story.”
“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,” she continued. “You know what I’m saying? And so there’s a lot of components to our story that we never shared, you know, for a very specific reason, and I just decided that one little piece was important to share finally because it gives more insight to who we were that it wasn’t just about, ‘you have this cute girl and this cool guy they must have been in this romance.’ Nah. It wasn’t that at all. It was about survival and it’s always been about survival between us, you know what I’m saying? And holding each other down in ways that only he and I could hold each other down.”
Jada Pinkett Smith on Sway in the Morning