Michael B. Jordan says stories suggesting he doesn’t date black women “couldn’t be further from the truth.”
The Black Panther actor addressed rumors about his personal life in the cover story for the June issue of Essence.
Jordan, 31, told the magazine he and his family got a kick out of the rumors.
“It’s so funny to everybody because it couldn’t be further from the truth,” he said. “My dad and my mom both said, ‘If they only knew.’ If they only knew. And that’s the thing that keeps me not tripping about it, you know what I mean?”
The rumors heated up after Jordan said in an interview on The Breakfast Club that he likes “women period, all women, everybody’s on the table.”
The actor’s dating life was called into question again on Tuesday after he posted rapper Nick Grant’s music video for Black Woman on Instagram saying it was hot, and some fans accused him of being a hypocrite.
NEW COVER ALERT! WARNING: Proceed with caution.@michaelb4jordan is smokin’ hot & his 🔥 will consume you. Luckily, Bae doubles as a fireman in his spare time. Have you seen those #Fahrenheit451 trailers?! Read all about it in our June issue. On stands 5/25. #IssaEssenceSlay pic.twitter.com/ZRxqH0GrLa
— ESSENCE (@Essence) May 17, 2018
Jordan told Essence the rumors have made him reconsider what he says and does in public.
“It makes me hesitant about whoever I’m seen with,” he explained. “I’m finally starting to get to a place now where I don’t care, but it bothered me for a minute. It made me more conscious of things I say and how I move, and what could happen if I leave a club or a restaurant or the movies.”
Jordan is currently promoting his new movie Fahrenheit 451.
The adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel by the same name centers on a future society where books are illegal. It premieres May 19 on HBO.
The new issue of Essence arrives on newsstands May 25.