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Jada Pinkett Smith talks Tupac friendship, drug dealing past

July 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)

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

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.