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Jada Pinkett Smith talks Tupac friendship, drug dealing past

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/20/2017
FILE - In this June 25, 2017, file photo, Jada Pinkett Smith arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Smith told SiriusXM radio in an interview Wednesday, July 19, 2017, that she was a drug dealer when she first met Tupac Shakur in high school in Baltimore in the late 1980s. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this June 25, 2017, file photo, Jada Pinkett Smith arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Smith told SiriusXM radio in an interview Wednesday, July 19, 2017, that she was a drug dealer when she first met Tupac Shakur in high school in Baltimore in the late 1980s. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jada Pinkett Smith says she was a drug dealer when she first met late rapper Tupac Shakur in high school.

FILE- In this Sept. 4, 1996 file photo, Rapper Tupac Shakur arrives at New York's Radio City Music Hall for the 13th Annual MTV Video Music Awards. A New York judge has stopped on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, an impending auction of pop star Madonna's personal items, including a love letter from Shakur, her former boyfriend. (AP Photo/Todd Plitt, File) © The Associated Press FILE- In this Sept. 4, 1996 file photo, Rapper Tupac Shakur arrives at New York's Radio City Music Hall for the 13th Annual MTV Video Music Awards. A New York judge has stopped on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, an impending auction of pop star Madonna's personal items, including a love letter from Shakur, her former boyfriend. (AP Photo/Todd Plitt, File)

Smith opened up about her past and her relationship with Shakur on SiriusXM radio Wednesday.

She and Shakur were high school classmates in Baltimore. She says she changed her life after "something very bad" happened, but didn't give details. She says God saved her, but for Shakur "that just never happened."

Smith says their relationship "was about survival" and wasn't romantic.

Shakur was fatally shot in Las Vegas in 1996. The killing remains unsolved.

Smith says she plans to share more about her friendship with Shakur in an upcoming book.

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