Jada Pinkett Smith Reflects On Her Friendship With Tupac: "I Feel Like He Left Me"
Jada Pinkett Smith, alongside her daughter, Willow Smith, and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, used this week's episode their Facebook show, Red Table Talk, to discuss the topic loss.
Willow used the opportunity to open up about how she "lost her sanity" at age 10 after the success "Whip My Hair," causing her to sink into a depression and resort to self-harm. Jada, however, decided to reflect on the loss her loved ones, but specifically Tupac Shakur.
The two them had met the Baltimore School for the Arts, and had become inseparable ever since, even while Tupac became a famous rapper and Jada became an accomplished actor.
When news hit her that Tupac has succumbed to his wounds after being shot in Las Vegas in 1996, she was in New York about to fly out to go see him. The news hit her so hard that she buckled to her knees.
"I've had a lot loss. So many my close friends gone," said Jada. "They didn't make it to 30. They didn't make it past 25. A lot people talk about my relationship with Pac and figure that out. That was a huge loss I my life."
Jada continued, "Because he was one those people I expected to be here. My upset is more anger because I feel like he left me. and I know that's not true and it's a very selfish way to think about it. I really did believe he'd be here for the long run. And when I think about it I still get really mad."
Watch the full episode here.