Jada Pinkett Smith Says She Was a Drug Dealer When She Met Tupac

Source: YouTube.

Last month, Jada Pinkett Smith went to Twitter to criticize the producers of All Eyez on Me.

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Her beef? She felt like there were numerous inaccuracies displayed about their relationship. It turns out we all probably know very little about their relationship.

Yesterday, Jada Pinkett Smith appeared on Sway in the Morning. She talked with Sway about a number of topics, from her kids, Jaden and Willow Smith, to her and Will Smith’s reaction to JAY-Z’s 4:44 album.

READ: Journalist Kevin Powell is Suing the Producers of All Eyez On Me

However, the real interesting stuff came when Pinkett Smith started talking about Tupac; she revealed things about Tupac she never talked about before.

When Sway asked her to talk about their relationship, here is what she said:

“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. Yes. And that was, to just give you, I won’t get into the details of it cause Ima 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.”

It’s clear that their relationship was complicated and one that us on the outside fully don’t have a grasp on. She goes on to say that their relationship was based “in survival” more than “romance:”

“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.”

All we have to say is hurry up with that book, Jada.  

Watch the entire interview below.  

Dimas Sanfiorenzo

Dimas Sanfiorenzo is the Managing Editor for Okayplayer. He specializes in coverage centered around music, pop culture, and politics. Email:

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