Lauren London delivered a moving speech at Nipsey Hussle’s memorial service Thursday.
London, who was in a relationship with the rapper since 2013, walked on stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles wearing a white dress and sunglasses.
The actress started off her eulogy with a text message she wrote on Jan. 21 to Hussle, real name Ermias Joseph Asghedom, while he was asleep.
“Ermias was asleep one morning and I was watching him because I used to love to watch him sleep and I wrote him a text while he was sleeping, so when he woke up he would read it,” London shared.
“I want you to know I feel real joy in my heart when I’m around you. I feel safe around you. Protected. Like a shield over me when you’re around, I am totally myself when I’m with you,” the entertainer had penned in the text, which was also shared in the memorial pamphlet.
“You’ve made me into more of a woman,” the message continued. “You’ve given me an opportunity to really love a man.”
“You’re still the coolest guy in the world to me. Still! I love you so much. Unconditionally. My truth is this. I’m never going to give up on you. My loyalty and devotion is to you,” the note concluded.
After reading the text, London told the crowd: “I’ve never felt this type of pain before, but I know that God is alive but bear with me all.”
She added: “His soul was majestic. He was the strongest man that I ever knew. A gentle father, a patient leader, a divine light. He was brilliant. He researched everything, completely self-taught, constantly seeking knowledge.”
Hussle’s partner also addressed their young son, Kross, stating: “My pain is from a 2-year-old that probably won’t remember how much his dad loved him. This is something that I don’t really understand, but I know Ermias always used to say that you can’t possess people; that you experience them. I’m so honored and blessed to experience such a man.”
London later took to Instagram to reveal a tattoo she received in the entertainer’s honor.
“Real love never dies when you see me, you will always see him,” she captioned the photo.
Hussle was fatally shot on March 31 outside his Marathon Clothing store in South L.A. Two other men were wounded in the attack.
To honor the late hip-hop star, the memorial service featuring musical tributes, a montage of personal photos, and a letter from former President Barack Obama was held in downtown Los Angeles.