Jussie Smollett Responds To Rumors That He’s Dating Michael Sam

The "Empire" star sets the record straight on his athlete bud.

After about a week of tabloid speculation about his relationship with Michael Sam, Empire star Jussie Smollett is setting the record straight.

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“Y’all get up out of my face with that, that’s my homie right there,” Smollett told a TMZ paparazzo today while walking in Los Angeles. The 32-year-old star was in high spirits as he left the gym and brushed the rumors off with a smile.

TMZ first wondered if the two were bitten by the love bug after Sam, who recently announced he’s taking a break from football to focus on his education, posted three photos on Instagram of the pals hanging out within the span of a week:

Very excited to be watch @jussiesmollett in the new Season 2 premiere of #EmpireWednesday tonight!!!

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Sam announced his engagement to ex-boyfriend Vito Cammisano in January, but the two officially split in July.

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Smollett also gracefully responded to 50 Cent’s comments about Empire — the once great rapper recently claimed the red hot show is taking a dip in ratings for having too much “gay stuff.”

“It’s all good,” Smollett said with a smile. “I don’t [think about that.] It’s all love to 50.”

This man is a master in class!

Watch the video over at TMZ.

Matthew Tharrett is a writer, filmmaker, and above all else, a Britney fan. He once shared a milkshake with Selena Gomez.