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Tyrese: How ‘I Found My Smile Again’ After Paul Walker’s Death — Interview

Tue, January 14, 2014 10:28am EDT by Emily Longeretta 8 Comments

After losing his co-star Paul Walker, Tyrese has been tweeting and instagramming photos to pay respects and remember his friend. On Jan. 13, the actor sat down for his first interview since Paul’s passing and revealed how he’s gotten through the tough time.

Tyrese Gibson is working hard to keep Paul Walker‘s legacy alive, he revealed in an interview on The Arsenio Hall Show. A recent trip to Dubai got him through the pain, but remembering Paul has really kept him smiling. Read his emotional interview below.

Tyrese On Paul Walker’s Death: Dubai Trip Helped Me Move On

Tyrese, 35, just returned from Dubai to celebrate his birthday and revealed that it was the best medicine he could have asked for.

“I found my smile again in Dubai,” he told Arsenio Hall on his show. He then got emotional remembering his friend and co-star, Paul Walker.

“I was just with him four days before it happened. We were on the set shooting and you know, that was a lot of shock and trauma for the family and all of us involved, because he’s just such a nice guy,” he told Arsenio. “I’ve never been depressed in my life, but I was very very sad and down, and it took me a minute to shake it. So I just turned 35 and on a spiritual level, I say God sends me emails on what to do, where to go or who to communicate or connect with. And he sent me an email to go to Dubai, and I went to Dubai. And that was the best thing that ever happened.”

Paul Walker Tribute

Additionally, Tyrese added that it’s extremely important for Paul’s family and friends to keep his charity going and to help out as much as possible. Paul was doing a fundraiser event for Reach Out Worldwide on Nov. 30 when he died.

“Basically when there’s huge traumatic areas like Hurricane Katrina, [or] when earthquakes happen in certain places around the world, [Reach Out Worldwide] goes out there by the numbers, and they help people out in these areas so he was raising money the day that he died,” Tyrese said. “We just wanna keep his memory and his legacy of what he stood for going. And we just love y’all and thank y’all for the prayers. The family thanks y’all, and we thank y’all for all of the energy.”

Tyrese: How Paul’s Legacy Helps Me Stay Positive

When Arsenio asked what would happen to Paul’s character in the Fast and the Furious franchise, Tyrese said it was still being decided, then quickly changed the topic to share how Paul’s personality has helped him, even now after his passing.

“This is my first interview since it happened, and you know what gave me my smile is really thinking about the fact that I’ve never seen him cry,” he said of Paul. “I’ve never see him sad and his energy was always up. So why would I be crying and sad and messed up?”

It’s so sweet that he’s taking that from Paul’s death and staying positive. Of course, he and Paul’s family and friends are always in our thoughts here at

— Emily Longeretta

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