Michael B. Jordan Talks Backlash Over Kendall Jenner Dating Rumors: 'They See White and Black'
Michael B. Jordan tells GQ he was frustrated by fans who disagreed with the idea of him dating a white woman
When Michael B. Jordan was linked to Kendall Jenner after the two were spotted leaving a Met Gala afterparty together in May, Jordan wasn’t frustrated by the media frenzy or relationship rumors that immediately followed – he was frustrated by the hostile attitude some had in response.
“It’s the world we live in,” the Fantastic Four actor, 28, tells GQ in its October cover story. “They see white and black. I don’t.”
“A lot of black fans were feeling like, ‘Oh, my God, he should have been with a black woman’ and that whole thing,” he adds. “I get it, but on the other hand it’s, like, relax. You know – it’s 2015. It’s okay! People can like one another, not necessarily from the same history or culture or whatever the f— it is.”
Subsequent reports have since claimed that coincidentally the two happened to be snapped while leaving the Met afterparty at the same moment, and that they were not an item.
“Kendall’s a friend of mine, you know. I don’t know her, like, that well, but I know her enough,” he tells GQ. “People’s perspective on that is what it is.”
In fact, as he inches closer to his 30s, Jordan stresses that he plans to keep his focus on his career – even if that drive could put a crimp in his love life.
“I try and be focused. I told myself at a young age that I would sacrifice all my twenties to my work. I’m 28. I’ve got a year and a half left,” he explains. “I understand what females want and need, you know. I’m good at that. I don’t know if I’m the guy to give it to them right now. I’m emotionally unavailable. Until I find something that’s so undeniable that I can’t help myself.”
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Despite the media attention on his dating life, Jordan doesn’t let it distract him from his bigger goal: to blur the line between black and white actors in Hollywood.
“I told my team after I finished Chronicle” – the 2012 sleeper hit that finally put him on the radar – “that I only want to go out for roles that were written for white characters,” he says. “Me playing the role will make it what it is.”