“Empire” star Jussie Smollett has put an immediate end to rumors and speculation stirring up about having a new celebrity love interest in his life.

Approached by paparazzi recently, Smollett shut down rumors about dating former openly gay NFL player Michael Sam.

When the TMZ cameras caught up with the star, asking him about the rumors, Smollett replied, “get up out my face about that, man — that’s a homie right there.” Translation: they’re just friends. (RumorFix)

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A few days ago, Sam posted up pictures alongside Smollett and the “Empire” cast onto Instagram.

So glad I got the chance to hang out with an amazing actress @gabby3shabby on my last day in Chicago #empire

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Very excited to be watch @jussiesmollett in the new Season 2 premiere of #EmpireWednesday tonight!!!

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Coincidentally, fellow “Empire” actress Serayah McNeill is reportedly dating hip-hop star Wale.

A source tells ET that the couple has been dating since June. Wale, 31, lives in Los Angeles but has another home in Chicago, where Empire films. The two have been working on maintaining a long-term relationship and see each other every few weeks. (Entertainment Tonight)

Last month, Serayah showed Wale some support on her Twitter page.