Jada Pinkett Smith: ‘My Relationship With Pac Would Have Shown People…What He Truly Was’

Going on 21 years after his death, and nearly a month after the release of a biopic on his life, Jada Pinkett Smith still gets so emotional about her relationship with Tupac Shakur and the way it was depicted in “All Eyez On Me” she was fighting back tears this morning talking about it.

“What you’re seeing in regards to my relationship with 2Pac is not true,” she told The Ryan Cameron Morning Show with Wanda Smith¬†and Jarard J Wednesday; reiterating¬†what she said on social media the weekend “All Eyez On Me” hit theaters.

Related: John Singleton on ‘All Eyez On Me’: ‘They Made the Aaliyah Version of Pac’

Those posts, the actress explained, were “important to me because my relationship was really special and it was very complicated;
and I just felt like [the movie] was a huge disservice.”

“My relationship with Pac would have shown people a true,
what he truly was. Cause it’s one thing to see Pac’s persona, publicly, and who he was personally.”

At this point Pinkett Smith’s interview to promote the upcoming comedy “Girls Trip” seemed to sharply turn to a riveting lesson on respecting black culture.

Related: Snoop Dogg, YG, Treach, Alicia Keys and T.I. Pay Tribute to Tupac at Rock Hall Induction

“I felt like [‘All Eyez On Me’] was exploitive of me and Pac – how they used our relationship to sell a movie. And I just felt like it was tomb raiding, in regards to Pac.”

“I feel like we as black people, we have got to protect those individuals that we say are important to us, to our history
and to our culture. We can not expect other people to do that if we’re not willing to do that ourselves. Pac is precious to us.”

“If you really feel like you did right by Pac, then congratulations,” Pinkett Smith said almost admonishingly. “But if you didn’t, really sit with that. Cause I hope next time if you get an opportunity to make another movie about a legend you’ll do a different thing.”

Related: Steve McQueen to Direct Authorized Tupac Shakur Documentary

Her response resonated so that when she returned to the studio hours later Big Tigger had to ask “what got you to that place”?

And she barely blinked before she replied: “Because I can’t kick somebody’s ass or throw a table, all I can do is cry…I get really angry.”

But with that, Pinkett Smith added “I have decided that I will start sharing more, especially since that movie came out. Because I was like, ‘if they only really knew… we adored each other. It was really about survival between us.

“When people hold you down when you really need to be held down, you just never forget that.”

– Sonia Murray, CBS Local

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