Late rap icon Tupac Shakur told Madonna in a hand-written letter that he broke up with her because she is white.
Shakur wrote the candid note — which is currently up for auction — in January 1995 while he was behind bars, explaining he never intended to hurt the “Material Girl” singer but felt pressure to maintain his “image.”
“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,” Shakur wrote in the letter, which was obtained by TMZ.
“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,” he continued.
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Madonna revealed she dated the “All Eyez on Me” artist a few years before his tragic 1996 death during a 2015 appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” on SiriusXM.
During the interview, she explained why she infamously dropped F-bombs repeatedly while she was on “The Late Show with David Letterman” in 1994.
“I was in a weird mood that day. I was dating Tupac Shakur at the time and the thing is he got me all riled up on life in general. So when I went on the show I was feeling very gangsta,” Madonna told Stern.
They apparently broke up within the next year, as evidenced by the dateline in Shakur’s note. But the hip hop legend made it clear he wanted to make things right with Madonna in his letter.
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“As you can see, I have grown both spiritually and mentally. It no longer matters how I’m perceived. Please understand my previous position as that of a young man with limited experience with a sex symbol,” he wrote.
“I offer my friendship once again this time much stronger & focused.”
Shakur, who is remembered for his social rights activism in addition to his musical accomplishments, was murdered in a drive-by shooting in 1996 — a case that has not been solved.
The letter to Madonna will be available for bidding at the Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction, which runs from July 19-28. Bidding starts at $ 100,000.
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