Jada Pinkett Smith teared up while recalling her “complex” friendship with late rapper Tupac Shakur.
The Gotham actress was joined by Robyn Crawford on an episode of Red Table Talk. Crawford was present to promote her new tell-all book about her friendship with Whitney Houston. The title of the book is A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston.
Pinkett Smith said of Crawford’s book, “It was so healing for me in so many different ways.” Recalling her own friendship with Shakur, she also said, “It’s hard to live with someone who has had a legacy at the level she has had and then to lose them under tragic circumstances. I have a very similar situation. When you said [the book is] a love letter to Whitney, that resonated as so powerful. It was so healing for me in so many different ways.”
Smith and Shakur became best friends while studying at the Baltimore School for the Arts in Maryland. However, the rapper was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in 1996.
The 48-year-old actress also stated, “I understood because of the complex relationship I’ve had with ‘Pac and those moments of “Who’s that?” Knowing damn well there ain’t nothing like that between us. ‘Him feeling like, “You’re the only stability I got, I can’t afford for you to put that attention elsewhere”‘. For him, it was, we were an anchor for each other. Anytime he felt like that anchor was threatened, oh my God.’
“If Pac was still alive, we would probably talk about everything,” Jada Pinkett Smith added. “He would probably live on that show. I know him. He would be like, ‘Yo, we gotta talk about this, this week, did you see what happened? We gotta go to Sweden, did you see A$AP [Rocky]? They got him all locked up, we got to go’. I’d probably have to do a Red Table Talk specifically for Pac.”
Robyn Crawford’s memoir “A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston” is out now.
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