Do you kiss your friends on the mouth?
According to Nicole Murphy, she does, or at least, that’s her explanation for what was going on in those photos of her with director Antoine Fuqua.
As previously shared, to the confusion of many, Murphy, 51, and Fuqua, 53, were spotted in Italy over the weekend looking quite cozy together. They were reportedly both in town for the Ischia Global Festival where Fuqua is set to be honored. In paparazzi photos, they could be seen hanging out in the pool and sharing a kiss as Fuqua was shirtless and in trunks while Murphy was in a bikini. There was more than one photo of the pair locking lips, which left social media fully flabbergasted since Fuqua is married to actress Lela Rochon, 55, and has been since 1999.
While Fuqua and Rochon have deleted their social media pages to avoid all of the attention over those photos and the behavior in them, Murphy has put out a statement and says folks have it all wrong.
“Antoine and I are just family friends,” she told Lovebscott.com exclusively. “I ran into him in Italy and we exchanged a friendly hello and that was it.”
It certainly looks like a lot more than old friends catching up, but that’s her story and she’s sticking to it.
As for what could be going on between Rochon and Fuqua, it’s unclear the status of their relationship, as a source who spoke to PEOPLE told the publication that the two were just spotted together and looked like they were still married.
In direct opposition to possible separation rumors, the source said they “were both together a few weeks ago at their son’s basketball game and looked like a happily married couple.”
“She was wearing her ring and they seemed perfectly happy,” the source added.
The couple share two children, daughter Asia, 16, and son, Brando, 15. Fuqua has a son from a previous relationship named Zachary. Also, Hollywood Unlocked found that Fuqua also has another son, named Roman, born the year prior to Brando’s birth and a year after Asia’s, within the years of his marriage to Rochon.