Rosie Perez explained on The View Thursday that she is responsible for Tupac Shakur and Madonna dating in 1994 after setting them up on a date.
Perez explained that ‘Pac took her to the 1993 Soul Train Awards after her original date stood her up. He happened to call her after the actress learned she was dateless and asked her why she was crying. As she tearfully explained that the guy she was supposed to go to the show with was a no-show, Shakur said he was on his way to rescue her.
Once they got to the Soul Train Awards, though, Perez said “every female artist there” was on top of her. “They kept going, ‘Hi, Rosie.’ ‘Hi.’ ‘Hi’ – women who had never talked to her before.
“There were two girls, who shall remain nameless, who wanted to beat me up,” Perez added. “And I was telling Tupac, ‘Will you tell them I ain’t sleeping with you? We’re just friends.’ And he goes, ‘You can take ‘em.’”
“Madonna comes over, she looks at me, she goes, ‘Girl.’ I go, ‘I gotcha,” Perez recalled, saying that she told Shakur Madonna wanted to meet him. “He goes, ‘Hook that up.’”
“I hooked it up and I was very happy about it,” she said.
Perez also told this same story on The Wendy Williams Show.
As previously reported, Madonna told Howard Stern that she was dating Shakur when she made her curse-filled “David Letterman” appearance in 1994.
“And the thing is he got me all riled up about life in general, so when I went on the show I was feeling very gangster,” she told Stern.