Michael B. Jordan reacts to Kendall Jenner dating rumors, calls fan backlash 'so weird'
Michael B. Jordan has a message for those fans that had a problem with the rumors that he was dating Kendall Jenner.
The 28-year-old actor has managed to keep out of the tabloids for the most part, but found himself the subject of a romance rumor when he left a Met Gala after-party at the same time as Jenner.
The relationship speculation was quickly debunked, but Jordan faced another issue when a few of his fans were up in arms over just the idea that he would be dating the 19-year-old reality star.
"It's the world we live in. They see white and black. I don't," the Fantastic Four star told GQ magazine of the backlash. "Kendall's a friend of mine, you know. I don't know her, like, that well, but I know her enough. People's perspective on that is what it is. I don't f**king know. I don't live my life to make other people happy."
Jordan goes onto say that he doesn't approve of people looking down on him if he were in a relationship with Jenner.
"It's so weird, though, right? A lot of black fans were feeling like, 'Oh, my God, he should have been with a black woman' and that whole thing," he said. "I get it, but on the other hand it's, like, relax. You know -- it's 2015. It's okay!"
Jordan added, "People can like one another, not necessarily from the same history or culture or whatever the f**k it is. It's just the new world, you know what I mean?"
The breakout star's message of equality goes far beyond his personal life. "I told my team after I finished Chronicle that I only want to go out for roles that were written for white characters," he shared. "Me playing the role will make it what it is."
While Jordan insists he's not chasing anything, he did show his competitive side during his GQ interview, comparing his upcoming Rocky spin-off film Creedto Jake Gyllenhaal's Southpaw, which is also a movie about a boxer.
"Physically...f**k Jake, f**k Gyllenhaal, f**k all that sh**," he said. "We want to come for him, look better than him. You know, I'm competitive, so in my head it was, 'Imma work harder than all of them.' F**k that."
We'll see if Creed is a match for Southpaw when it hits theaters Nov. 25.
In the meantime, see what Jenner told ET about why she's never publicly dated anyone.