Back in January, it was rumored that Michael B. Jordan had been taken off the market. He’d been seen hanging with a woman named Ashlyn Castro on different occasions, particularly on New Year’s Eve while celebrating the holiday with friends. Because the woman was not Black, there were some who had a lot to say about his dating choices, but he countered all of that by telling the WSJ magazine last month that he was still “technically single.”
But in a new interview with Ebro in the Morning, Jordan was asked about all the speculation about his love life from over the holidays, and if he noticed any of it. Jordan said he did, but told the hosts that the commentary surrounding who he chooses to spend his time with away from the limelight is something he’s not letting get to him.
“Nah, I mean, it was definitely some feedback out there. I mean, people are ignorant man,” Jordan said. “I’m a universal person. I grew up all over the world. I had the opportunity to share my time and heart with many different races, wonderful people.”
“I don’t even try to give that stuff energy because it’s so not what I believe in and it’s so underneath me,” he continued. “So I just kind of push that stuff aside and keep trying to live my life.”
From there, host Ebro Darden talked about the reasons people might not want to see him date outside of his race, primarily due to the desire for cultural preservation. But as for other reasons, including just not liking the idea of interracial dating due to a disdain for another race, Jordan doesn’t pay that any mind.
“That’s just another level of ignorance I try not to even engage in,” he said. “Like I said, I’ve been around the world, I love a lot of different people. I love my people. For anybody to question my love for Black women is preposterous.”
He would go on to note that people’s perception of who and what he likes is based on what they see. However, the few women he’s been pictured with come nowhere close to being the only relationships he’s had and the only type of women he’s been with.
“It’s one of those things where, just because I’m not seen often — People take ownership over people that are in the limelight,” he said. “That’s another thing I had to wrap my brain around in becoming more successful. People have ownership over you. And just because I’m not in the media 24/7 with different women every single day it’s like, ‘Oh no, he’s mine.’ You think I’ve only dated two women in my entire life? So the ones you saw are the only ones I’ve ever talked to in my entire life? It’s like, c’mon. Let’s be real.”
“I just got to accept that and keep living my truth,” he added, “let the rest of the stuff just fall into the comments.”
Check out his thoughts on the matter around the 23:30 mark: