Empire star Jussie Smollett tells TMZ that he’s not dating football player Michael Sam:
“Get up out of my face about that. That’s my homie right there.”
This week Sam posted a number of photos to Instagram featuring himself and Smollett, as well as other members of the Empire cast, causing followers of Sam to speculate the two are an item.
Smollett, who came out last March, also wouldn’t comment on a recent Instagram post from 50 Cent, suggesting that Empire‘s ratings were down because of too much “gay stuff.”
“I don’t think about that,” Smollett says. “I just don’t.
Sam is enrolled again at the University of Missouri where he says he plans to continue training to get on an NFL roster, continue his education, and work as a sports commentator.
In a recent interview with Dan Patrick, Sam said that he had absolutely no regrets about coming out but believes that if he hadn’t he might be on an NFL roster today:
“I’m not going to say … but it probably would have been better for me if I didn’t come out, I would be on a roster. But, as I said, I have no regrets whatsoever.”
Sam also defended his kiss with Vito Cammisano when he was drafted:
“I came out for a reason. I came out because I didn’t want to hide anything about my life anymore…it’s a historic moment and I want everyone to see that historic moment…If someone who is straight comes on and kiss their girlfriend, why can’t I do the same? Did you guys forget I came out gay? [sic]”