The Breakup Letter That Madonna Received from Tupac Goes on Auction
Following a canceled auction from 2017, memorabilia company Gotta Have Rock & Roll has finally gotten the green light to auction the infamous letter Tupac Shakur wrote to Madonna from jail in 1995. In the handwritten document, Shakur explains he dumped the singer because of race and age issues.
Given the hype and controversy surrounding the item, the starting bid will be set at $100,000 and is expected to be sold for over $300,000.
FAILED ATTEMPT TO STOP THE AUCTION
The company obtained the letter from Darlene Lutz, Madonna’s former friend, and art consultant, in 2017.
However, the singer filed an emergency court order to pull the breaks on the auction of the letter and other personal items owned by Lutz, including some panties, a brush with her hair and letters to and from different famous friends.
THE LETTER’S CONTENT
The letter is three pages long and was handwritten by Shakur from jail in 1995. He was 24 at the time and was in a relationship with Madonna, who was 37.
Tupac explained to Madonna that he was ending their relationship because of the effects of dating an older white woman could have on his career.
“I must apologize to you," he wrote. "Because like you said I haven’t been the kind of friend I know I am capable of being. Not because I am evil or because you weren’t worthy, but at the risk of sounding overdramatic, the effects of racism make it difficult for a young black man to properly show affection for an older white woman. Can you understand that?”
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“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."
“NEVER MEANT TO HURT YOU”
He also added that he never meant to hurt the “Like a Virgin” singer, but he was so caught on her that he got scared he would be just another “toy.”
Tupac also mentioned an interview he read where Madonna allegedly said she was off to “rehabilitate all the rappers and baseball players,” adding that “those words cut me deep seeing how I had never known you to be with any rappers besides myself.”
Shakur offered his friendship to Madonna, asking her to understand his previous position “as that of a young man with limited experience with an extremely famous sex symbol.”
He also advised the singer to be careful with people, as “there are those whose hearts bleed with envy & evil. They would not hesitate to do you harm!”
Tupac served nine months at the Clinton Correctional Facility in New York after being convicted on sexual assault charges. One year after being released from jail, he was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.
You can read the full letter here.
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