Jaden Smith said the late rapper Tupac Shakur once proposed to his mother, Jada Pinkett Smith, in a recently resurfaced interview.
Pinkett Smith has spoken of a close relationship with Shakur on numerous occasions, with the budding stars of the era attending Maryland’s Baltimore School for the Arts together in the 1980s. Shakur was fatally shot in 1996.
Her son Smith briefly touched on their friendship during a 2018 interview with Los Angeles radio personality Big Boy, a clip of which was uploaded to YouTube this month.
The Smith family has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks after Pinkett Smith’s husband, Will Smith, slapped Chris Rock at last month’s Oscars in reaction to the comedian cracking a joke at his expense.
In the clip, Jaden Smith opened up about his musical journey and how he felt extra pressure when it came to his career due to the success his parents had.
“I once went out into the world and saw how people felt about my parents. [I felt pressure]”, said Jaden Smith. “I didn’t understand, and I understand more and more every day that they are just a staple in the world and that they made people have a type of feeling that no one ever made anyone feel. .”
“So I just didn’t understand how deeply rooted they are in hip-hop as well,” added Jaden Smith, whose father made a name for himself as a rapper before becoming a movie star.
Spotting footage of his mom with Shakur in the studio, Jaden Smith said, “I’m looking at the picture here of Tupac on the shirt right there and Tupac asked to marry mom, and she was like, ‘Pac, we’re the best friends.'”
“They say marry your best friend, but I’m glad they didn’t,” Big Boy, real name Kurt Alexander, joked as Jaden Smith nodded in agreement.
“Just seeing how deeply rooted everyone is in my family in hip-hop and in the culture, it puts even more pressure,” the ‘Never Say Never’ hitmaker said.
Pinkett Smith, who married Will Smith in 1997, has opened up about her love for Shakur, but said they weren’t romantically involved.
“I know most people still want to connect with this love story, but it’s just because they don’t have the story,” said the Disable it the star said of her relationship with Shakur in a 2017 interview with Sirius XM host Sway Calloway.
In 2018, the Red table discussion the host called her relationship with Shakur “precious” and admitted they kissed but didn’t appreciate it.
“You know, it’s so funny because now that I’m older, I understand better what was between us,” she said, according to Pop Sugar.
Earlier this month, a letter allegedly written by Pinkett Smith’s daughter, Willow Smith, asking Shakur to come back and make her mother happy went viral on social media.
The letter was highlighted by internet personality Kevin Samuels, and it was later shared on a TikTok video. The letter sparked debate online and many questioned its authenticity.
Jorge Rivas at ColorLines said the letter was added to Instagram in 2012. Willow, who was 11 at the time, reportedly added a photo of the letter to her Instagram, saying she wrote it “years ago” . The post appears to have since been deleted.
The letter read: “Dear Tupac, I know you are alive somewhere. I think my mom really misses you. Can you please come back Can you come back if mom [sic] and I can be happy! I wish you were here…really! I love you Willow.”
Oscar winner King Richard Star Will Smith previously opened up about the “furious jealousy” he felt over Pinkett Smith’s relationship with Shakur in his memoir, published in 2021.
“Although they were never intimate, their love for each other is legendary: they defined ‘ride or die,'” he wrote in Will be. “At the start of our relationship, my mind was tortured by their connection. He was PAC! And I was me.”
Pinkett Smith has confessed to having an extramarital affair with singer August Alsina. With Smith appearing alongside her on Red table discussion in 2020, Pinkett Smith called the situation “an entanglement”.
During the special, Pinkett Smith and Smith said the relationship with Alsina happened while they were on hiatus. Smith later revealed that he also sought affection outside of their marriage, with their relationship becoming non-monogamous.