Tupac Shakur was a lot of things, but homophobic wasn’t one of them.
Sources close to the Tupac estate recently told TMZ that the Shakur family feels very strongly that Suge Knight’s claims of 2Pac ending his business relationship with a famous hip-hop star because he believed the rapper was gay are “totally false.”
The source went on to tell the celebrity news website that Tupac couldn’t have been homophobic because he was great friends with late fashion designer Gianni Versace, who was an openly gay man.
TMZ goes on to report that Tupac participated in a Versace fashion show in Italy—wearing a Versace suit on the catwalk—back in 1996, the same year the rap legend was murdered.
This news comes on the heels of Tupac mania resurfacing after a hologram of the late great rap star appeared alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg during their Coachella music festival performance last month in California.
The life-like hologram drew rave reviews from rappers, fans and even Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur. A rep for Afeni told TMZ that she was absolutely thrilled that the image was made and appeared alongside Dre and Snoop. Dre reportedly made a donation to 2Pac’s charity following the performance.
Nick Smith, the president of AV Concepts, the San Diego company that created the hologram, told MTV News: “It was Dre’s vision to bring this back to life. It was his idea from the very beginning and we worked with him and his camp to utilize the technology to make it come to life.”—Jakinder Singh