Who is Jussie Smollett Dating?

Fans of Empire’s Jussie Smollett know the actor is very quiet about his personal life. He mostly focuses on his singing and acting work during interviews. That’s part of the reason so many people are curious about who Smollett is dating. Here’s what we know about Jussie Smollett’s relationship status.

Jussie Smollett attends Espolòn Celebrates Day of the Dead at Academy Nightclub on November 1, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
Jussie Smollett | Tasia Wells/Getty Images for Espolòn

Has Jussie Smollett dated women?

Smollett told Kandi Burruss on her Bravo talk show Kandi Koated Nights that he has dated women, but that it’s been a long time since he was last in a relationship with a woman. “I definitely have dated some beautiful women and it was all real,” he told Burruss.

Jussie says he’s happy with his relationship

As of this writing, Smollett is not married, but he is dating someone. He recently told Page Six, “I’m in a relationship and I’m happy.” However, the star wouldn’t say much more about the topic.

Who is Jussie Smollett dating?

Jussie Smollett attends the 2018 Fox Network Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 14, 2018 in New York City.
Jussie Smollett | Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

Smollett has remained tight-lipped about the identity of his significant other. However, fans have made some speculations. Back in 2017, it was rumored the Empire star was dating businessman Tawan Davis. The entertainment website Inside Jamari Fox got a tip that Smollett either was or still is in a relationship with Davis.

Smollett was also rumored to be dating his former onscreen boyfriend Rafael de la Fuente. He played the character Michael Sanchez on Empire from 2015 to 2016. In 2015, Smollett was rumored to be dating former football player Michael Sam. There have been plenty of rumors concerning Smollett’s romantic relationships, but nothing has been confirmed so far.

Jussie Smollett was reluctant to reveal he is gay

Jussie Smollett attends the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 60th Anniversary Opening Night Gala Benefit at New York City Center
Jussie Smollett | Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Smollett told Ellen he is not ashamed to be gay but that he initially didn’t say anything because he desires to protect his personal life. Here’s what Smollett told DeGeneres:

It was really important to me to make sure that it got across that there is no closet, there’s never been a closet that I’ve been in… I don’t have a closet. But I have a home and that is my responsibility to protect that home. So that’s why I choose not to talk about my personal life. But there is, without a doubt, no closet that I’ve ever been in. And I just wanted to make that clear.

What’s next for Jussie Smollett

Smollett told Page Six he wants to do Broadway shows next. He also says he’s planning to direct a film. The actor told Vanity Fair in a 2015 interview that he hopes to use his platform as an actor to make an impact on society:

There is a responsibility for me as a man, as a man of color, as an artist to be myself and make things that reflect me and that are true. That’s what matters. It’s about all of us, not a particular group of people. I hope to make an impact on society and the world and as a human being, that’s what’s real and what I want to do.

Read more: The Real Reason ‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Was Hesitant to Come Out as Gay

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