Jussie Smollett gives a rare interview about ‘painful’ for several years

Jussie Smollett regret doing that infamous sitting with Robin Roberts in 2019. In a rare interview, the actor said that he was “horrified” watching him for the first time last year.

Smollett chatted with SiriusXM’s Sway Calloway to promote B-Boy Blueshis first project since he was fired empire when the police determined that he had staged his own hate crime. The 40-year-old actor shed new light on his way of thinking three years ago and found that he had not been aware of the reaction on the internet for some time. Smollett, who was sentenced to 150 days in prison because he lied to the police, he claims to be innocent, but he wants to speak differently.

Jussie Smollett returns to the spotlight three months after he was sentenced to prison for lying to police.

Jussie Smollett returns to the spotlight three months after he was sentenced to prison for lying to police. (Photo: Getty Images)

“I didn’t want to give an interview,” Smollett said Swing in the morning, explaining that he originally wanted to answer those who directly suspect social networks. His team found that the videos – which he still has on his phone – seem “too angry” and “defensive”. “I love and respect Robin Roberts … I didn’t want to do that interview. That interview wasn’t for me, it’s for my character.”

Smollett didn’t actually watch the interview until he was played by the prosecution at last year’s trial.

“I watched it and I was horrified. I mean, I was horrified. I mean, I was horrified by everything, every word I said in that interview was true, but there was a certain level of performative nature that came from because I didn’t want to I’ll be there, “he said. “I was so angry and offended that I had to go on national television and explain something that happened to me. And it was so political, and all that stuff, and I found myself dealing with my inner homophobia.”

Smollett, who is black and gay, said he was trying to “represent all of us who have been attacked based on who we are … but I also didn’t want to be associated with the people who were attacked.”

“I am sincerely sorry to say this … I felt as if I was just angry that he was beaten,” he continued. “Or at least I felt like people saw me that way. And so, I tried so hard that, like, holding, he hit me, and then I hit him in the ass and I was like, ‘Oh my God … You look funny. ‘”

Smollett sticks to everything he said during the interview, but then “he didn’t know what was coming”. A little over a week later, he was arrested on a false police report. Authorities say the actor staged the attack to advance his career, a narrative Smollett rejects.

“If I did something, it would not be to look like a victim. It would be to look, if anything, like someone strong,” he said, pointing to the fact that he did not need “some kind of ascent” in his career. “I was on the rise.”

Smollett’s family took away his phone when the scandal began to explode.

“When I say I was closed off from the world, I was excluded from the world,” he said. “I was not allowed to come to social networks.”

The actor decided that I googled “about a year later”.

“The worst idea ever,” he said. “I really saw what it was and it was so painful. Because I was like, ‘Ooh, he said that for me. Oh my God. Oh, she said that. What?’

One person who did not disappoint the actor is his ex empire co-star, Taraji P. Henson. The two maintained a friendship, and she helped finance his new film.

“I was just with Taraji the day before yesterday in Atlanta. That’s my heart. My heart, we had the best time when we went to brunch,” Smollett said. “I love that woman. It’s inexplicable how much I love that woman and she’s literally one of my best friends all over the world.”

Smollett spent six days in jail after sentencing in March but was released as he appeals the 2021 conviction.

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