Hollywood actress Jada Pinkett Smith took fans a bit closer into her personal life over the weekend after writing a Facebook post reflecting on late music icon Tupac Shakur.
Pinkett-Smith revealed a picture of herself with Shakur on Facebook Saturday (October 11).
“I’m having a deeply reflective Saturday. In this picture I’m flanked by two extremely close friends of mine…Tupac and Maxine. They both died tragically not too far apart from one another. I flipped through more pictures of my youth only to come across at least 6 other friends who had been taken from this world…violently. I can’t even count acquaintances. There was a time all that loss felt like the norm; today it felt unnatural, strange, downright wrong.” (Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook)
Check out Jada’s full Facebook post right here…
She also acknowledged preventing her family from experiencing the same violence she grew up around.
“Half of my life was surviving a war zone…genocide. I’m grateful for what I have survived. GratefuI that I can spend an evening with Fallon playing a pie in the face game. Grateful I didn’t become a statistic like I often thought I would. Grateful that my own children don’t have to confront the loss and violence in their neighborhood in the way their parents had to. But, I also feel helpless, a bit depressed that there are so many of us who still do. And it feels like it’s only gotten and getting worse. I’m hurting today. Love you guys. J” (Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook)
Earlier this year, Jada talked about their close-knit bond on late night talk show “Arsenio.”
“Pac was probably one of the first male figures that I had in my life that saw the beauty and the talent and my intelligence, separated from sex. That’s something that a young girl usually gets from the father; I didn’t have that. ‘Pac was the first one that it wasn’t about sex. It was about ‘You, you’re a beautiful woman, you’re talented, you’re strong, I respect you. And you are my girl. You’re gon’ sit right here, and I’ma protect you.'” (“Arsenio”)
In 2012, Jada’s daughter Willow Smith inked a public letter to the late hip-hop artist.
I know you are alive someplace! I think that my mommy really misses you.
Can you please come back can you come back so momy and me can be happy!
I wish you were here…
I really do!
Love, Willow” (Statement)