Hip-hop fans have frequently conjectured that Jada Pinkett Smith and Tupac may have been each other’s “the one that got away” before the rapper’s early demise. However, a recently-rediscovered interview from 2015 shows the actress debunking those notions to Howard Stern.

Fans have wondered how she managed to resist the temptation that was there in front of her in the form of one of her best mates. And the host of the show didn’t hesitate to ask her, “How were you not attracted to Tupac?”

“I met Tupac at the Baltimore School of the Arts. We went to High School together,” Pinkett Smith recounted. She also noted that the West Coast artist was certainly charming, but he was also destitute. He just had two sets of trousers and two sweaters when she met him. The actress also confirmed the rumors when Stern asked if ‘Pac was as “gangsta as we all thought he was.”

Jada explained,


“He was a revolutionary without a revolution. That kind of energy just transferred into a whole other thing.”

When the host questioned Pinkett Smith about whether she believed the “All Eyez On Me” singer was in love with her because of the lovely poetry he wrote in her honor, she responded, “It is so funny. Now being older, I have more of an understanding of what that was between us.”

“When you have two young people who have very strong feelings but there is no physical chemistry… between us at all. And it wasn’t even just for me. It was him too.”

The Red Table Talk host revealed that she once asked for a kiss from Tupac just to see what would happen. “When I tell you it had to be the most disgusting thing, kiss for us both,” she said.

While Stern speculates that their “platonic” relationship may have contributed to the lack of sexual chemistry, Pinkett Smith gave a more logical explanation. In the same interview, Pinkett Smith claimed that because 2Pac was aware of her love for him, she didn’t feel bad about their strained relationship at the time of his death.

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