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Jada Pinkett Revisits Tupac Kiss During NBC Interview

Preempting the release of her tell-all memoir, Worthy, Jada Pinkett Smith puts it all on the line.

On Friday (10.13), the Daytime Emmy-winning talk show host and actress sat down with NBC News’ Hoda Kotb for a wide-ranging, in depth interview about kissing Tupac Shaku, her husband Will Smith’s infamous 2022 Oscars slap, and more.

Titled Jada’s Story: An NBC News Special with Hoda Kotb, Jada reflected on Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards, revealing that she didn’t realize her husband had struck Rock until a commercial break when her publicist told her, “Chris has left the building and he’s not going to press charges.”

Earlier in the week, Pinkett Smith told People that she hasn’t spoken with the comedian since the infamous incident, but that Rock approached her shortly after the onstage slap and attempted to apologize for his G.I. Jane 2 joke about her nearly bald head, which is caused by her battle with alopecia.

“Chris came down to the end of the stage and tried to apologize to me,” said the actress. “He said, ‘I didn’t mean you any harm.’ I said, ‘I can’t talk about this now, Chris. This is some old s—.’”

In a preview of the primetime special, the actress revealed that she and Smith have been separated since 2016 after the couple became “exhausted with trying” to keep their marriage together. She told Kotb that it was not a divorce “on paper,” but it was definitely a divorce in their minds, even as the couple continued to present a united public front.

Elsewhere during the TV interview, Jada touched on her past friendship with late rap icon Tupac Shakur, whom she met in the late 1980s while attending Baltimore School for the Arts in Maryland. “Pac was new. It was my sophomore year, and he looked over, and he saw me, and he just targeted me,” she said, describing him as “charismatic” with a “beautiful smile,” adding “He had a little peanut head… He was just this happy, bouncy, energetic, just full of life, vibrant, you know? And I was like, ‘Whoa.’”

Pinkett Smith downplayed any romantic connection with 2Pac, but shared a story about the pair kissing on her back porch. “We both pulled back like ‘What the hell?’” she said, laughing. “It was not for either one of us.”

Pinkett Smith’s new book, Worthy, is scheduled for release on Tuesday (Oct. 17).

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Author: Al Denté

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