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Jada Pinkett Smith broke down during a one on one interview with Robyn Crawford, the ex-lover and BFF to the late Whitney Houston.
During Red Table Talk, the two talked about the legendary singer and Crawford’s new book, ‘A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston.’ Smith felt Crawford’s story resonated with her because she and Crawford both loved and lost a dear friend in the spotlight.
“I read your book. I was in from page one. When you — ugh, I don’t want to cry — when you said it’s a love letter to Whitney.”
She continued, “That resonated as just so powerful. It was so healing for me in so many different ways. It’s hard to love someone who has had a legacy at the level that she has had and then to lose them under tragic circumstances — ‘cause I have a very similar situation.” And the viewers immediately knew it was about the rapper, Tupac Shakur.
At one point during their conversation, Smith composed herself and said.
“When you made the decision to walk away,” she said about 19 minutes through the show, “I can only… I know…“
She finally got out what she was trying to stay: “I know the depths of that struggle, having had to do it as well.”
“That I understood because of the complex relationship I had with Pac,” she said. “In those moments of his, ‘Who’s that?’ knowing damn well there ain’t nothing like that between us. Him feeling like, ‘You’re the only stability I got. I can’t afford for you to put that attention elsewhere.’ For him, we were an anchor for each other. Anytime he felt like that anchor was threatened, oh my God.”
At the end of the interview, the actress thanked Crawford, saying “We have a very relatable circumstance … so this was good for me.”