There is much more to Jada Pinkett Smith than meets the eye.
In an interview on Sway in the Morning, we get a glimpse into the rocky past that’s made the mom, wife and actress the amazing woman she is today. The superstar was there to promote her new movie Girls Trip, in theaters Friday, July 21, and spilled a ton of tea about her own life in the process.
While talking about her family and how Will Smith ended up meeting Tupac, Pinkett Smith reveals her own humble beginnings with the late superstar. Surprisingly, she admits she was dealing drugs when she met him and says their relationship was more about survival than romance.
“It’s kind of hard because I haven’t really told the whole story,” Pinkett Smith began as she clarified who Pac was to her. “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. I won’t get into the details of it ’cause I’ma write a book about it, but—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 I’ve been having kind of an existential crisis around Pac because I was coming out, he was going in and there was a point in which we met and then we’re going our separate ways. And I just felt like ‘Ok, God one day you’re gonna do for Pac what you did for me, which is you saved me.’ And that just never happened for him. That is something that I’m constantly having to confront. I think 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 want to always connect it in this romance thing and that’s just because they don’t have the story. But it was based in survival, how we held each other down and when you have somebody that has your back when you feel like you’re nothing…that’s everything.”
The actress also talks about what her kids Willow and Jaden are up to these days, Will’s contribution to Jay-Z’s 4:44 album, and more. Press play above.