“It’s kind of hard because I haven’t really told the whole story,” she said about her friendship with Shakur. “One of the things that’s very interesting that I’ve never really said before is that when I first met Pac, I was a drug dealer.”
“That’s how we started,” she continued. “Then as I was coming out, something very bad happened to me. As I was coming out of the life, he was coming more into the life.”
In the ’80s, Smith and Shakur forged a bond during their time at the Baltimore School for the Arts. There, she grew increasingly close to him because of their need to survive.
“Pac and I’s relationship was about survival,” she said. “That’s how it started. I know that most people want to always connect it in this romance thing and that’s just because they don’t have the story.”
She added: “It was based in survival, how we held each other down and when you have somebody that has your back when you feel like you’re nothing, that’s everything. There’s a lot of components to our story that we’ve never shared for a very specific reason. I just decided that this one little piece was important to share finally because it gives more insight to who we were. It was about survival and it’s always been about survival between us.”
Last month, Smith was critical of the relationship portrayed between her and Shakur in his biopic All Eyes on Me. “Forgive me … my relationship to Pac is too precious to me for the scenes in All Eyez On Me to stand as truth,” Smith tweeted. “Pac never read me that poem. I didn’t know that poem existed until it was printed in his book.”
Skim through to the 16:30 mark to hear Smith discuss her relationship with Shakur.