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I Get Around: The Women of Tupac

Intro

Tupac wasn't lying on "I Get Around"— the second single off of his sophomore album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.. Already considered a sex symbol at the time of the single's release, 'Pac increasingly found himself linked to a variety of women ranging from Jasmine Guy to Madonna, just to name a few. Some were rumors, others were confirmed. Aside from his player ways, 'Pac was reportedly in a serious relationship with Quincy Jones's daughter Kidada Jones and married Keisha Morris briefly in 1995. As Tupac Month nears its conclusion, XXL takes a look at the women of 'Pac's life.—Amber McKynzie

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Jada Pinkett-Smith
Relationship: Rumored
Jada met Tupac while attending Baltimore School of the Arts in Baltimore, MD. In his 1999 book of poetry, The Rose That Grew From Concrete, the West Coast rapper devotes a poem titled, "Jada" in the “Nothing Can Come Between Us” section of the book to Pinkett. The poem ends, “U r my heart in human form, a friend I can never replace.”
While rumors persisted that Pac and Jada were once an item for years, Pinkett-Smith denies their relationship was anything beyond platonic. “'Pac and I were never in a romance but I feel as though we had those feelings," Jada explained to Detroit's WJLB morning show on June 22, 2010. "We knew us being together in a romantic way would destroy everything because we were both fire. So we knew in order to preserve our relationship there was no way we could ever add romance to it cause we probably would’ve killed each other.”

Tupac Shakur and Jada Pinkett in high school.

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Kidida Jones
Relationship: Confirmed
Although not acknowledged by 'Pac's family, Kidida Jones, daughter of legendary producer Quincy Jones, and Shakur were engaged in 1996. To show how much she loved her husband-to-be, Kidida got a tattoo of Tupac’s face on her arm. But now, 15 years later, her 'Pac tattoo is covered with an image of a flower.

Kidida Jones

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Keisha Morris
Relationship: Confirmed
After meeting Tupac during the summer of 1994, Keisha Morris eventually became 'Pac's first and only wife. The two married while 'Pac was behind bars serving four and a half years in prison. He ended up serving 10 months. Their marriage was annulled after just 10 months, but the two stayed in touch until 'Pac's death.

Keisha Morris [Shakur] and Tupac

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Madonna
Relationship: Rumor
In an interview several years back, Tupac’s bodyguard, Frank Alexander, commented on 'Pac’s relationship with the Material Girl. “When we were working on Gridlock’d...We were watching a talk show, and it was during Madonna’s pregnancy," Alexander told Healing Hearts Radio. "They flashed a picture of Carlos Leon and Madonna walking into a New York building on the screen. Leon is the father of Madonna’s baby girl Lourdes. 'Pac had just rolled a blunt and after he finished inhaling a big toke. He said, ‘You know, that used to be me.’"
"I said, ‘Yeah, right, get the fuck outta here,’ thinking he was just fuckin’ with me," he continued. "‘Nigga, I’m serious, that was me...Lemme tell you something, anytime I tell you something about a bitch, it’s for real.'...That was the end of the conversation. He never mentioned her again, and I have no reason to believe he was lying.”
There was always speculation over 'Pac and Madonna's relationship, but aside from his bodyguard's second-hand account information (after 'Pac's death), nothing was confirmed.

Tupac, Madonna and friends

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Jasmine Guy
Relationship: Rumor
Jasmine and 'Pac met through their mutual friend, Jada Pinkett-Smith, when the two women were costarring on A Different World. Shakur would often escape to Guy's New York apartment when he needed to get away, especially during his 1994 court case alleging him of sexual assault. 'Pac's father, Billy Garland, told XXL about spending time at Guy's apartment with 'Pac, but never hinted at a romance.

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Adina Howard
Relationship: Rumor
The '90s R&B singer was often seen on set with Tupac while he was filming movies, just enough for rumors to start flying.

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Rosie Perez
Relationship: Rumor
Perez and Shakur met in the early '90s while Pac was on tour with Digital Underground and Perez dancing with Heavy D. The two became close friends, but according to the gossip, they were more. In a recent interview with XXL, Perez said, “We weren’t romantically involved,” she tells XXL over the phone. “I’m grown now, and if it was true I’d say, ‘yeah, we did it.’ Those are rumors, 100%. That’s misogyny in hip-hop — women can’t be friends with guys, apparently.”

Rosie Perez and Tupac

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Leila Steinberg
Relationship: Confirmed
Leila Steinberg met Shakur in Marin City, CA in 1989. They became close friends and later developed a professional relationship. Steinberg worked as Pac's first manager and related to him through writing workshops she would hold in her living room. In the September 2011 issue of XXL, Steinberg confessed that her attraction to 'Pac caused a rift in her marriage when her husband accused her of cheating. She never cheated, but revealed that she eventually acted on her feelings. "Yes, I was attracted to him," Steinberg told XXL. "Did I act on that when he was at our house or with us? No. Later did I? Yes. Not for a long period of time, but eventually you have feelings, and you express that."