Fact Check

After Jada Pinkett Smith Admitted She Loved Tupac Shakur More, Will Smith Filed for Divorce?

Shakur and Pinkett Smith met and befriended each other as teenagers in Baltimore, Maryland.

Published Oct. 19, 2023

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A YouTube video posted on Oct. 14, 2023, accurately reported that actor Will Smith had filed for divorce from his wife, fellow actor Jada Pinkett Smith, after she had admitted she loved the late rapper Tupac Shakur more.

In October 2023, rumors rapidly spread online regarding married actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. One such rumor came from the YouTube channel Hot Hut, which published a video that claimed Smith had filed for divorce from Pinkett Smith after she had admitted she loved the late rapper Tupac Shakur more than him.

The clip's title read, "Will Smith Files For Divorce On IG Live After Jada Admits She Loved Tupac More." The video had been viewed over 70,000 times on Hot Hut’s YouTube channel at the time of this writing.

A Black man has his mouth fully open. Behind him, you can see snow on the ground. At the top of the image, it says "willsmith" next to an image of the man smiling. There is a purple button with the word "LIVE" at the top of the image as well. You can see smaller versions of the same image on either side of the center image. Over top of the iamge, it says, "Unfounded." (@HotHutYT/YouTube)

The YouTube video also circulated on TikTok, with one post we found there that featured a clip of the YouTube video having over 841,000 views at the time of this writing. We also found the video posted on Facebook.

The claim was unfounded.

The video was posted after Pinkett Smith revealed that she and Smith had been separated since 2016 during an NBC News special that aired Oct. 13, 2023. Pinkett Smith also discussed her relationship with Shakur during the special. Shakur and Pinkett Smith met and befriended each other as teenagers in Baltimore, Maryland.

While Pinkett Smith and Smith’s separation has been credibly reported to the public, there is no evidence that Smith filed for divorce, let alone after Pinkett Smith had admitted she loved Shakur more than Smith.

The clip contained a misleading video title with a mix of false claims and other emotionally charged moments that likely were meant to elicit angry responses in the comments. Such videos often end up with hundreds or thousands of views, as well as numerous comments from users who indicated that they had believed the misleading information presented in the clips.

We've previously fact-checked other false celebrity gossip rumors related to Shakur, like the unfounded claim that a grand jury had “confirmed” rapper and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs’ role in his murder. We found no truth to that claim.


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France, Lisa Respers. “Jada Pinkett Smith Says Tupac Shakur Was Her Soulmate.” CNN, 13 Oct. 2023, https://www.cnn.com/2023/10/13/entertainment/jada-pinket-tupac-will-smith/index.html.

LaMagdeleine, Izz Scott. “Sean Combs ‘Losing It’ After Tupac Shakur’s Alleged Murderer Threatens To ‘Rat Him Out’?” Snopes, 2 Oct. 2023, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/sean-combs-tupac-murderer/.

Izz Scott LaMagdeleine is a fact-checker for Snopes.