Jada Pinkett Smith Talks About Tupac Friendship With Howard Stern
Add Jada Pinkett Smith to the long list of stars to open up on Howard Stern’s radio show. Once again, Howard delved deeper than typically seen when celebrities are on their press tours. Not only did Jada respond to the rumors that have plagued her marriage to t Fresh Prince Will Smith, but she talked about her friendship with rapper Tupac Shakur.
Howard has a knack for making his guests feel comfortable and he never settles for the cute or funny antidote usually prepared when a star appears on a talk show. Jada was not put off by his fascination with her mother’s heroin addiction. Instead she shared that it was, “more scary than confusing because you’re pretty much on your own.”
Dealing with an addict for a mother forced her to find her own way. She went to the Baltimore School for the Arts where she met Tupac, also a student there. Despite rumors that her and Tupac shared a romance she told Howard that there was no physical attraction even sharing a story about forcing him to kiss her once, a kiss she described as “the most disgusting kiss” for both of them.
They both went on to success though their friendship ended. Jada spoke about “Pac” going to jail and how it changed him. Describing their conversations as “intense” she said that ultimately “we had a very hardcore disagreement,” about the path he was choosing. Tupac accused her of “getting soft” and “going Hollywood” accusing her of changing, but she felt he was making choices that were destructive. It was an argument they had before his death though she says she understands where he was mentally and believes, “it was a mentality he started to come out of before he was murdered.”
What she was sorriest about after his death was, “not having the opportunity to tell him that I loved him,” saying it had been the argument had been the first time they had ever stopped speaking.
Jada is the latest celebrity to keep it real when visiting Howard’s radio show. Besides sharing her memory of Tupac, she spoke with Howard and his sidekick Robin Quivers about playing Fish Mooney on Gotham. When Robin asked if she was leaving the show she left it off as, “We’ll see what happens.”
Meanwhile look for Jada Pinkett Smith in this summer’s Magic Mike XXL.