UPDATE: Will and Jada have yet to weigh in on this themselves, but TMZ claims "sources directly connected to both Will and Jada" say they haven't given Tyrese $5 million. However, "Will and Jada have been friends with Tyrese for years, and we're told they're extremely worried Tyrese is having some sort of a breakdown." That's a fair thing to worry about. Tyrese did update this week that he hadn't received his money from Will Smith yet, but he still seemed to be expecting it.
Tyrese has been deep in his feelings lately, due to some personal issues with his ex-wife and their custody battle over their daughter. Charges of child abuse against him were dropped, but before that happened, Tyrese posted some emotional videos on Instagram. He also tied the issues to the "Fast and Furious" franchise, lashing out at Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for pushing his own Hobbs spinoff and delaying "Fast 9."
Apparently Tyrese really needed that "Fast 9" money, and interpreted The Rock's move as selfish and taking away from his family. He posted that he wouldn't be in "Fast 9" at all if Johnson was still involved. "You mess with family and my daughters survival I mess with yours." He later cropped The Rock out of a photo with Paul Walker, then said he had a heart-to-heart with one of Johnson's associates and swore that was his last post on The Rock.
It seemed like the bottom line was money -- legal fees are expensive. Even though Tyrese has been making money for years in the "Fast" and "Transformers" franchises, he didn't seem to have enough to cover his own bills.
Since he has a lot of rich and famous friends -- even beyond the "Fast" family -- you'd think he could just ask them for help. Turns out, he either did, or one just volunteered on his own, because Tyrese said his friends Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith stepped up to bail him out.
When we show UP for each-other there's nothing that can't be done I️ repeat nothing...... My wife kept the news away from me cause I've been on with lawyers all day but our family and our sister Jada-Pinkett Smith and my brother Will Smith just sent us 5 million dollars to help keep us afloat- You've guys asked me to get off and stay off the Internet now that my daughters legal fees will be paid ! will listen..... The Smiths's and their whole family has always shown up for The Gibson's Uncle Will you're an uncle for real..... And I'm saying again if you guys are out there in the Atlanta area please vote for @keishabottoms someone my daughter looks up to a LOT!!!! #ShaylaRocks
Wouldn't we all love to have friends who'd give us $5 million to "keep us afloat"?
LaineyGossip pointed out the greater irony in Tyrese's post, considering he was asked to step away from the Internet, and said he would, but he's still posting:
"So, Will and Jada gave Tyrese FIVE MILLION dollars to keep his business off social media and to get his life together. Then, the first thing he does is post this information on Instagram. Do the Smiths get their millions back?"
Hopefully Uncle Will's generous gift will keep Tyrese's family afloat until "Fast 9" starts filming for its April 2020 release.
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