Tupac never had an issue publicly speaking his mind. Apparently, he shared that same quality in his private affairs as well. In a newly-publicized letter, Tupac wrote from prison his thoughts on his interracial relationship with Madonna. He did not state that race was the direct cause for the breakup but he does hint that it was a motivating factor in his decision.
In a section of the letter, he expresses his perception of how the world may view their relationship, saying:
“For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardize your career, if anything it would make you seem that much more open and exciting. But for me at least in my previous perception, I felt due to my ‘image’ I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was. I never meant to hurt you.”
It takes a strong person to admit his shortcomings or to put his influence in perspective above his personal relationships. Today, interracial dating is common and accepted by most and we should encourage people to love whomever they decide to be with. But in the 90’s Tupac was on a mission to be a mouthpiece for the black community and did not feel he was being honest with himself for dating Madonna.
In the letter obtained by TMZ Tupac also recalls the exact moment Madonna hurt him during one of her interviews:
“An interview where you said, ‘I’m off to rehabilitate all the rappers & basketball players’ or something to that effect, those words cut me deep seeing how I had never known you to be with any rappers besides myself,” he said. “It was at this moment out of hurt & a natural instinct to strike back and defend my heart & ego that I said a lot of things.”
The letter, which will be up for auction for $100K starting on July 19, can be viewed here.