'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Responds to Michael Sam Dating Rumors

By Johnny Lopez


Who wouldn't want to hookup with Jamal Lyon?

EMPIRE star Jussie Smollett is finally speaking out about the rumors he's dating football player Michael Sam.

On Monday, the 32-year-old actor shot down the romance stories after being asked about the nature of their relationship.

"Y'all get up out of my face about that. That’s my homie right there," Smollett told TMZ.



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

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Breaking news, people! Two gay men can just be friends with each other. 

Fans first started speculating if Jussie and the 25-year-old athlete were an item after Michael posted several snaps on his Instagram with the hunky Empire star.

Michael is currently taking a break from football and focusing on his education. He also recently split from his fiancé Vito Cammisano.

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In the same video, Smollett was also asked about 50 Cent's recent comments claiming the FOX series has suffered a slight drop in ratings because of the "gay stuff."

But like a true gentleman, the You're So Beautiful singer took the higher ground and didn't stoop to Fiddy's level.

"I don’t think about that,” he said. “I just don’t. It's all love to 50." Can this guy get any more perfect?

You can watch Cookie, Lucious, Jamal and more of that "gay stuff" when EMPIRE airs Wednesday at 9pm on Fox.



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tags: Jussie Smollet, Michael Sam, Empire, Dating, NFL