Empire Star Denies Outing Jussie Smollett And Says He Was Talking About The Actor’s Character On The Show!

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Empire is one of, if not THE, hottest shows on television.

But some drama has happened for two cast members after an interview with actor Malik Yoba was released — one that he did last month with BlackFilm.com.

In the interview, Malik talked about his co-star Jussie Smollett and seemed to out Jussie as gay.

Here’s what Malik said:

“I think that our show represents a huge opportunity to stay in the culture beyond entertainment value and there’s an intrinsic nature of you have the gay factor, right? So, obviously, Lee (Daniels, co-creator) is gay. That was an important storyline for him. I think it’s important for people to see themselves. Even within the Black community. But if you aren’t really, really taking it off of screen and making it live in the community in a significant way … like I know Jussie, he is gay, and he’s very committed to issues around the LGBT community. He and I have a very close relationship.”

It seemed that Malik was talking about Jussie’s personal life and not the character he plays on the show, who is gay.

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But after A LOT of people seemed to think he was outing his co-star, who does not talk about his sexuality in interviews, and when a lot of chatter started to happen, Malik wanted to clarify what exactly he said!

Here’s what his statement said:

“I was misquoted in the article. My reference to Jussie was only about his character and storyline on Empire.”

Jussie has not addressed his co-star’s comments but he did talk about how he understands the speculation about his personal life and also explained his refusal to talk about such topics.

He said:

“No, (fans shouldn’t assume I’m gay), but it’s also fair, and I don’t see a problem with that and I don’t really care. … This is not a gay black show. This is a show about human experiences. … I’m not willing to confirm or deny anything. I live my life. If someone is looking for a box to put me in, that’s not going to happen. I live my life, and if you really want to know about me, just watch, because I don’t hide anything. I just don’t choose to talk about my personal life.”

We’re not sure if Malik erred by revealing something to the world that he wasn’t supposed to, or if he forgot that Jussie does not talk about his sexuality in public, but we bet he didn’t mean any harm when he said what he did.

Hopefully Jussie isn’t mad at him! Their chemistry on Empire is too good to get messed up over a slip-up!!!

[Image via Brian To/Nicky Nelson/WENN.]

Mar 5, 2015 12:04pm PDT

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