AceShowbiz - Jamie Foxx has responded to wild speculations about his dating life following his split from Katie Holmes. The "Django Unchained" star was reportedly romantically linked to 21-year-old up-and-coming singer Sela Vave, but he has debunked the dating reports.
"People are saying I'm dating the girl, let me just say this, that's absolutely not true," he said during a phone interview with Real 92.3's "Big Boy's Neighborhood" radio show on Wednesday, August 21. Insisting that their relationship is strictly business, he said that he respects the recording artist and wants to protect her from the fake reports.
"I know the nature of the business that we're in, so I don't trip on headlines, but when it comes to that part and the girl and her and what I'm trying to do for her as an artist," he explained. "I feel that I have to be an elder, her 'Uncle' as she calls me and step-in and say, 'Hey guys, don't let it be the double standard.' "
He continued, "When all the other guys are on the couch, they were hustling and they had dreams. And then, when she's now working in this capacity, all of a sudden she's some sort of …I'm using a nice word, using someone to get to the top and that's not the case."
Claiming that they're like a family, Jamie shared, "That girl hangs out with my kids, my young daughter, loves her. My oldest daughter... I talk to her mom, her parents." The 51-year-old actor/rapper, who has a 25-year-old daughter named Corinne, went on stressing, "I got a 25-year-old daughter and I don't date in my daughter's range... ever!" He added, "Big, you got kids and I got kids. I always try to make sure that my daughter can look at me and say, 'Hey dad, you ain't screwing up.' "
Jamie and Sela sparked dating rumors after they were spotted leaving Bootsy Bellows nightclub in Los Angeles hand-in-hand on Friday, August 16. They reportedly left together in his Lamborghini SUV. Further fueling the reports was Sela's Instagram posts, which hinted that she has been spending a lot of time with the Academy Award-winning actor in the last few months.
"I am so grateful to this man! Thank you so much @iamjamiefoxx for everything you do and for believing in me. #feelingblessed," she captioned black-and-white pictures with the actor posted in July.
While PEOPLE said that Sela is the "record producer's newest artist, and he is helping her out on the music side," Radar Online begged to differ, claiming that "Sela is basically living at Jamie's place right now." Sources told the site the model had "been staying there for weeks" and that "things are pretty intense between them."
Jamie and Sela's dating reports came on the heels of his split from girlfriend Katie Holmes after six years together. It's reported that the "Dawson's Creek" alum ended things with the "Baby Driver" star because "he's disrespectful and their lives were different."
"It has been many years of him stepping out with other women," a source told Us Weekly, adding, "His partying ways don't fit with hers as she's focused on raising her daughter and working." Katie reportedly told her pal that they had split months ago.