Will Smith got his start in the entertainment business as a rapper in the 1980s. In the 90’s, he became TV’s iconic Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. From there, a blockbuster film acting career blossomed. Smith starred in a string of box office hits, many of which he performed the soundtracks to. He’s now written a tell-all memoir called “Will” that archives and examines every facet of the star’s life and career.
One of the most fascinating anecdotes Will recalls in the book involves legendary rapper Tupac Shakur. Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett was close with Pac when they attended the Baltimore School for the Arts together. Will says the relationship, though only friendly, tortured him.
“Though they were never intimate, their love for each other is legendary – they defined ‘ride or die. In the beginning of our relationship, my mind was tortured by their connection. He was PAC! and I was me.
Pac was like Harry [Smith’s younger brother] – he triggered the perception of myself as a coward. I hated that I wasn’t what he was in the world, and I suffered a raging jealousy: I wanted Jada to look at me like that.
If she chose me over Tupac, there was no way I could be a coward. I have rarely felt more validated… I was in a room with Tupac on multiple occasions, but I never spoke to him. The way Jada loved Pac rendered me incapable of being friends with him. I was too immature.”
A lot of fan speculation about the true nature of the relationship between Jada Pinkett Smith and Tupac has occurred over the years. Will Smith was extremely candid in addressing the jealousy he had over Pac’s friendship with his wife. Will is currently out on tour to promote the new book, with upcoming stops in Chicago, Los Angeles, and London.
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