Back on June 17, Jada Pinkett Smith expressed her disappointment in the way her relationship with Tupac Shakur was portrayed in the new biopic ‘All Eyez on Me”.
Jada said on social media….
Forgive me… my relationship to Pac is too precious to me for the scenes in All Eyez On Me to stand as truth. Pac never read me that poem. I didn’t know that poem existed until it was printed in his book. Pac never said goodbye to me before leaving for LA. He had to leave abruptly and it wasn’t to pursue his career. I’ve never been to any of Pac’s shows by his request. We never had an argument backstage. The reimagining of my relationship to Pac has been deeply hurtful.
While promoting the new movie ‘Girls Trip’ Queen Latifah, Will Packer, and Regina Hall on V 103.
“I wanted people to know that what you’re seeing in regards to my relationship with Tupac is not true, and that was important to me because,” she said, while getting teary-eyed, “my relationship was really special and, um, it was very complicated and, um, I just felt like it was a huge disservice.”
Jada said she believes her and Pac’s relationship would have shed light on “what he truly was, because it’s one thing to see Pac’s persona publicly and who he was personally.”
“I thought it was just handled in a very disrespectful way, and I felt like it 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,” she continued.
“And if you’re really saying that you’re honoring a man’s legacy, then honor his legacy. And if you don’t have the story, fall back until you do,” she chastised with force in her voice. “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 cannot 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. But if you didn’t, really sit with that. ’Cause I hope next time, if you get another opportunity to make another movie about a legend, you’ll do a different thing.”
Watch the full interview below…