A letter written by Tupac to his ex-girlfriend Madonna reveals that it was race issues that ultimately led to the couples split.
The letter, dated 15 January 1995, would have been written from a New York prison where Tupac was serving a four-and-a-half year sentence for sexual assault.
They were both at the height of their fame, and the letter outlines his reason for ending their relationship. “For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardise your career, if anything it would make you seem that much more open and exciting,” it says.
“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.”
The letter is goint to be auctioned off on the Gotta Have Rock and Roll website later this month.
Madonna confirmed two years ago that they had been dating in early 1994 but did not say for how long.
Representatives for Shakur and Madonna, 58, have yet to comment on the letter.