Michael B. Jordan addressed speculation that his relationship with socialite Lori Harvey is a business transaction.
Rumors ran rampant that the hunky actor retained Lori's professional beard services to promote his public image as a heterosexual leading man.
But leaked photos of the couple on vacation just weren't convincing enough for many skeptics on social media.
Urban Dictionary defines a professional beard as: "Any opposite sex escort taken to an event in an effort to give a homosexual person the apperance of being out on a date with a person of the opposite sex."
Men's Health magazine linked up with the 34-year-old actor in St. Barts where he posed for celebrity photographer Leonardo Volcy for an April 2021 cover story.
Jordan expressed his anger and frustration at the scurrilous gossip that he and Lori are just business associates.
"People are always going to have their opinions about me," he said.
"People can make up something completely false that has no f**king substance or anything, and there's going to be 100,000 people that are going to believe it, and that's going to be their opinion of me. I can't do anything about that, and I've just got to accept that and keep moving in my purpose."
"People that know me know my heart. But people that know me for my work know what I allow them to know. The fact that I’ve been so closed off about a lot of parts of my life was a personal choice. As I’ve gotten older and a little more mature and comfortable in my own skin, I’ve become less concerned about it."