Jada Pinkett Smith Talks Relationship With Tupac on “The Arsenio Hall Show”


Jada Pinkett Smith recently stopped by The Arsenio Hall Show for an interview where she discussed her relationship with the late and great Tupac Shakur, as well as how she met her husband Will Smith.

When asked about her early relationship with slain rapper Tupac Shakur, Jada compared his love for her to that of a father.

“Pac was probably one of the first male figures that I had in my life that saw the beauty and the talent and my intelligence, separated from sex. That’s something that a young girl usually gets from the is father; I didn’t have that.”

She added: “Pac was the first one that it wasn’t about sex. It was about ‘You, you’re a beautiful woman, you’re talented, you’re strong, I respect you. And you are my girl. You’re gon’ sit right here, and I’ma protect you.'”

As for her relationship with her husband of almost 17 years, Will Smith, she discusses her encounters with him before they started dating.

“When I was 19 I auditioned to play one of his girlfriends on Fresh Prince [of Bel Air] and they told me I was too short.”

Though she did not get the role, Will later requested she play his girlfriend for another movie and she turned him down.

“Many years later once I started a film career, Mr. Smith decided he wanted to come and ask me to play his girlfriend and I had to tell him no.”

She added that had she taken the role, her love story may have had a different ending.

“I think if I had done it we would not be married today because you have to meet people at a time that you’re ready. Neither one of us were ready at that time.”

Watch the interview clip below!