Jada Pinkett-Smith and the late emcee 2Pac had a deep and rich history. Although the musician (real name Tupac Shakur) represented the West Coast during hip-hop’s most volatile turf war, the ‘Dear Mama’ artist moved around the US a lot before he finally found a home in California.
Being born in New York City, he moved with his mother from shelter to shelter for a place to live as a youngster in single digits. As he started entering double digits, he moved with his mother to the East Coast city of Baltimore, which is one of America’s most dangerous cities. While living here, Shakur spent two years at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School before he transferred to the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he studied jazz, poetry, ballet, and acting.
While studying at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Shakur had an extremely close relationship with Jada Pinkett-Smith. He was so close he even wrote her a poem. However, it went deeper than that, and to this day, not everyone understands what they had.
In a 2003 biographical movie by MTV entitled 2Pac Resurrection starring Eminem, Marlon Wayans and Snoop Dogg, Pinkett-Smith spoke about her special relationship with Shakur and his charming magnetism. Opening up, Pinkett stated, “As soon as he approached me, he was like a magnet. Once you paid attention to him, he kind of sucked you in. And we hit it off from that moment on. I don’t think either one of us thought we would have made it in the way that we did, but we knew we were gonna do something.”
Many say the actress never recovered from his death, and this view was further bolstered when a letter from her daughter, Willow Smith, surfaced online making reference to the late emcee. It was initially uploaded to Facebook in 2012 when she was 11 years old. However, the singer and actress has since insisted it was written years prior. Many fans suggest that Willow wrote the letter at the behest of her mother, but that has yet to be proven.
The sentimental letter read, “Dear Tupac, I know you are alive someplace. I think that my mommy really misses you. Can you please come back?! Can you come back so Mommy and me can be happy?! I really wish you were here… I really do! Love, Willow.”
The letter regularly resurfaces online when Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith are opening up about issues in their relationship when many fans suggest their marriage was a desperate means to become a power couple.
You can see Willow Smith’s letter below.