“Not in a million years did I imagine three lives, their fates, would be so intertwined.”
Jada Pinkett uploaded a couple of throwback posts via Instagram on Wednesday (September 20), sharing old footage of herself with Tupac Shakur (2Pac). Before starring in movies such as Set It Off and Girls Trip, Pinkett attended the same Maryland high school as 2Pac in the late 1980s. The two future stars became friends at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Pinkett eventually married Will Smith after reportedly meeting on the set of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1997.
Earlier this week, Pinkett shared a pre-1990s era video on social media that included an appearance by 2Pac and a song by Will Smith. The Instagram clip featured Jada and Pac performing one of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s biggest hits from 1988.
“Not in a million years would I have dreamed that the Fresh Prince and I would become, um, very acquainted,” she wrote in the caption. “Not in a million years did I imagine three lives, their fates, would be so intertwined.
“And… I never would have imagined that this video would become a tangible memory, of the last time Pac and I were simply kids together. Pac and I lip-syncing ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’ by Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince during our junior year in high school. Who would have thought?”
Jada Pinkett and 2Pac’s friendship extended beyond their days as high school students. Pac made a guest appearance on a Season 6 episode of A Different World in 1993. Shakur played Piccolo opposite Pinkett’s character, Lena James.