Senaste veckorna har mordet på Tupac Shakur varit ett högaktuellt ämne, efter att gängmedlemmen Duane “Keefe D” Davis gripits och ställts inför rätta gällande mordet på rapparen. Nu bekräftar skådespelaren Jada Pinkett Smith, inför släppet av hennes biografiska bok “Worthy”, att Tupac Shakur faktiskt friade till henne under 1995. Det var under Pacs fängelsevistelse på Rikers Island utanför New York som han ställde den stora frågan. I podcasten “All The Smoke” berättar hon om frieriet, citerad av HiphopDX:

“When I wrote about that in the book and when I had to talk about it, speak my words for the Audible version of the book, that was probably one of the more painful parts. Seeing him there, the condition that he was in and having to leave him there. He was in bad shape. And so, when he asked me to get married, he was at Rikers [Island].

Hon berättar vidare att Tupac sökte en fast punkt i tillvaron:

“I knew at that time that he needed somebody to do time with him, which I was gonna do anyway. He didn’t have to marry me to do that. I’m here. He needed a rock. Because of our friendship and everything we had been through together, he just wanted to feel that solidified foundation.”

Trots frieriet ställde hon sig skeptisk till Tupacs avsikter och försökte finnas där för honom och förklarar:

“I promise you, he would’ve married me and divorced me as soon as his ass got out [of prison]. He would’ve! […] I just think it was the mind state that he was in. He wrote me this long letter, and even before ‘Pac went to jail, he was starting to shift in a certain manner. Good, really good.”

Under Tupac Shakurs sista år i livet tappade Jada Pinkett Smith kontakten med honom, då hon upplevde att han förändrades när han började umgås med Suge Knight:

“I just felt like he was off track a little bit, and I spoke on that and we got into probably one of the most heated arguments we ever had. ‘Pac and I getting into heated confrontations was not unusual. This happened to be a very heated one, and I didn’t speak to him for a year.”

“I was hurt, I was pissed, and I really kinda dug my heels in the ground. I was just like, ‘He went too far and he’s gon’ have to call me, and I’m standing my ground on it.’ And I learned that, don’t waste time like that. It’s like, a whole year out of my pride. Both of us. Very prideful. Just hard-headed, prideful. ‘Cause none of it mattered.”

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