After about a week of tabloid speculation about his relationship with Michael Sam, Empire star Jussie Smollett is setting the record straight.
“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:
Sam announced his engagement to ex-boyfriend Vito Cammisano in January, but the two officially split in July.
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.