Will Smith is trending once again on social media and once again it is for all the wrong reasons. Or is it?
Jada Pinkett Smith is taking a walk “down memory lane” by celebrating what would have been her long-time friend’s 50th birthday, the late Tupac Shakur. She did this by posting to her Instagram a poem he wrote to her. “Tupac Amaru Shakur would have been 50 midnight tonight!” You can see the video below, which includes her reading it aloud.
The poem, which Tupac wrote in blue pen in a lined notebook, was titled Lost Soulz with his name under the title. The video over the text moves along. It reads: “Some say nothing gold can last forever / And 2 believe this [I] need no proof / I have witnessed all that was pure in me / And be changed by the evil men can do / The innocence possessed by children / Once lived inside my soul / But surviving years with criminal peers / Has turned my warm heart to cold / I used 2 dream and fantasize / But now I’m scared 2 sleep / Petrified, not to live or die / But to awaken and still be me / It is true that nothing gold can last / We will all one day see death / When the purest hearts are torn apart / LOST SOULS are all that’s left / Down on my knees I beg of God / To save me from this fate / Let me live to see what was gold in me / Before it is all too late.”
In her tribute video to Tupac, Pinkett Smith explains that Tupac wrote her many letters and poems. She also believes that the poem she posted has never been published before, though he did release a single called Lost Souls. She also believes that this Lost Soulz was written by Tupac while he was doing time at Rikers Island in New York.
After Jada Pinkett Smith shared the video, Will Smith’s name began trending. The couple’s marriage has made headlines in recent years and many posters felt that her affection for Tupac would be a problem for her husband.
Pinkett Smith mourned her friend for a long time after Tupac was murdered while he sat at a red light in Las Vegas with fellow rapper Suge Knight. Tupac did live for six days after the shooting but finally succumbed to his wounds. His killer was never found, though speculation ran rampant.
Pinkett Smith and Tupac grew up together and had been best friends before music and movies took them their separate ways. It was their closeness, even when their careers took them away from each other, that caused a lot of jealousy in Will Smith.
“Oh, f*ck yeah,” said Smith, who spoke about it in an interview on The Breakfast Club. “That was in the early days. That was a big regret for me, too, because I could never open up to interact with Pac.” Smith then said that Jada and Tupac grew up together and while they never had a sexual relationship, when he came into the picture, both Pinkett and Tupac “had come into the age where now that was a possibility and Jada was with me.”
Smith also mentioned that his wife would tell him all the time that he and Tupac would have gotten along wonderfully if they had only been able to talk to each other. She felt they had much in common. “That’s what Jada would say all the time. ‘I’m telling you, y’all are so similar, you would love him,’ ” Smith said in the interview via CNN. “And I just never… that was a huge regret of mine. I couldn’t handle it. I was the soft rapper from Philly, and he was Pac.”
Opening up seems to be the thing for both Smith and Pinkett Smith. They have been quite candid about the status of their marriage, both appearing on Pinkett Smith’s Facebook show Red Table Talk in 2020 to surprisingly talk about Pinkett Smith’s indiscretion with singer August Alsina.
The two were linked during a time that both Will and Jada “were going through a very difficult time” and had broken up. During the break-up, Pinkett Smith began a relationship with Alsina. According to Alsina in an interview with radio host Angela Yee, Alsina says he sat down with Smith and had a conversation where the Fresh Prince actually gave his blessing. “I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation,” Alsina told Yee. “Due to the transformation from their marriage to (a) life partnership that they have spoken on several times, and not involving romanticism, he gave me his blessing.”
To Pinkett Smith’s credit, she also felt the need to clear up what she felt was a misunderstanding between Will Smith and Alsina. “The only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself,” she said. “I could actually see how he would perceive it as permission because we were separated amicably and I think he also wanted to make it clear that he’s also not a homewrecker. Which he’s not.”
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have long been accused of having an open marriage, which they continue to deny. They do admit that their marriage is actually a “life partnership”, meaning it is not a traditional one, but it is one that will last through the good and the bad.
Will Smith even said to his wife during their Red Table Talk sit down, “I told you the first year we were married, that I could love you through anything.” The two then echoed the familiar Bad Boys motto, with a small change, “We ride together, we die together. Bad marriage for life.”
Who’s to say what a marriage should entail? What works for one couple may not work for another. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith seem to have found out what works for them. They know where they stand in each other’s lives and are content with that.