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Jada Pinkett Smith stopped by The Arsenio Hall Show for a candid interview last night. (Is it just us or has Arsenio been killing it lately?)

Anyway, the legendary talk show host spoke with Jada about her relationship with the late Tupac Shakur, as well as how she met her husband Will Smith. Did you know that if she had told Will Smith yes to his first question, they probably would not be married today?

Check out some excerpts from their chat…

On meeting Will for the first time:

When I was 19, I auditioned to play one of his girlfriends on Fresh Prince and they told me I was too short. But then, many years later, once I started a film career and everything, Mr. Smith decided he wanted to come and ask me to play his girlfriend again. And I had to tell him ‘no’ again. Thank goodness because I think if I had done it, we would not be married today. Because you have to meet people when you’re ready and neither one of us were ready at that time.

On her mom knowing Will was the right one for her:

I remember meeting him one time at Bullock’s. Bullock’s is this department store here in Los Angeles. And I was with my mother! And here comes Will. He’s like, ‘Hey Jada!’ and saying hello to my mother and just as cheery and happy as he always is. And my mother said, ‘Why can’t you date a nice guy like him?’ I said, ‘Will?! That’s the Fresh Prince! What I’mma do with him?!’ And of course, look at me now. He got me on lock down, Arsenio! He got me! Finally!

On her relationship with Tupac:

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 child, a young girl usually gets from her 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 gonna sit right here and I’m gonna protect you! I’mma make sure, if nothing else, you get what you need!’ And that’s what our relationship was like. We kind of did that for each other.

We’re jealous of Jada; she dated Pac back in the day, now she has two beautiful children with Will and most of all, at the age of 42, she looks better than ever.


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