How Rosie Perez Played Cupid In Madonna And Tupac's Relationship

The actress once described how she connected the two stars.
Rosie Perez and Tupac Shakur attend the 1993 Soul Train Music Awards.
Rosie Perez and Tupac Shakur attend the 1993 Soul Train Music Awards.
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The love affair between Tupac Shakur and Madonna in the early 1990s became a trending topic once again this week, after a letter written by the rapper to the pop star surfaced. In the letter, Shakur apologizes to Madonna for the way their relationship ended.

The “Like A Virgin” singer first revealed she had dated the rapper during an interview with the “Howard Stern Show” in 2015. The news took many by surprise, including Stern.

Latino culture site Remezcla reminded the internet, on Thursday, that at the time Rosie Perez also shared some fascinating information about her role in Shakur and Madonna’s relationship. While co-hosting “The View,” Perez described how she introduced the two artists.

The Nuyorican actress explained that Tupac graciously offered to be her date to the 1993 Soul Train Music Awards after Perez was stood up. The two went as friends but Perez said she became the envy of many of the female artists in attendance.

“There were two girls ― they will remain nameless ― [who] actually wanted to beat me up,” Perez said in 2015. “And I was telling Tupac ‘Will you tell them I ain’t sleeping with you. We just friends.’ And he goes, ‘You could take them.’”

Perez said that later in the evening, Madonna approached her and expressed interest in being introduced to Shakur.

″[I told Tupac], ’she wants to meet you’ and he goes ‘hook that up,’” Perez continued. “And I hooked it up and I was very happy about it.”

The relationship between Shakur and Madonna lasted more than a year, and the recently surfaced letter from the rapper shed some light as to why things ended. In the letter, written from prison and dated January 15, 1995, the rapper said race was a factor in the break-up.

“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.

“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,” he added.

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