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Why Jada Pinkett-Smith And Gabrielle Union Had Beef For 17 Years… Until Now

“She and I did not talk for 17 years and we could not remember why,” Jada said to ESSENCE. “There was just tension between us every time we would see each other. There was some moment that we had that just left a bad taste in both of our mouths. When we got on the phone to try to figure out what it was we could not figure it out!” she laughs. “It was just us being young, divas…”

Adrienne, Jada’s mother, chimes in, “What it was was silly. After you go through that and realize that you don’t even…”

“…You don’t even realize it!” Jada says agreeing, finishing her mother’sentence.

“I would see her and she would see me, and the last time I saw her there was still this funny tension, and I’m like ‘what is that?’ Then Ellen was like ‘we need to do a girlfriends show, we should do one of your really close girlfriends.'”

Ellen Rakieten is the show’s executive producer, most-known for having produced the Oprah Winfrey Show for more than 20 seasons.

“I was like, no, I actually think I want to make a new girlfriend,” Jada said of making the decision to go a different direction. Gabrielle’s name just wouldn’t stop, it just had to be that. So I just called her up.”  The phone call between the two was what Jada called “a deeply healing moment.”

“There are so many of us that hold onto stuff, that we don’t even know why we’re holding on,” she continued. “and we’re hurting ourselves more than we’re hurting the other person. The idea of releasing someone and releasing yourself, she and I felt so good about it.”

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