Jamie Foxx has spoken out after being pictured with a 21-year-old singer days after he reportedly split with Katie Holmes.
The Oscar-winning actor, 51, is said to have recently broken up with Holmes, after six years of dating and on the weekend was spotted leaving a Los Angeles nightclub hand-in-hand with singer Sela Vave, sparking rumours they were an item.
However, he has dismissed the claims and said it is a professional relationship.
In an Instagram Live video, Foxx said he is acting as a mentor to Vave, adding he performed a similar role for Ed Sheeran and rapper Nick Cannon.
‘When I met Ed Sheeran, I didn’t know him from Adam. He slept on my couch for six weeks – he ended up going on to do great things,’ he said.
Foxx, who won the best actor Academy Award for his portrayal of soul singer Ray Charles in 2004 biopic Ray, added: ‘It’s a double standard when it comes to women.
‘When it was the guys, everything is cool but when it was the women they try to make it something else but we are going to try to protect our own.
‘And like I said, I spoke to that girl’s mom and she put her trust in me.’
Foxx, who famously has a recording studio in house which has played host to musicians including Kanye West, said any accusations of a relationship between him and Vave are ‘scandal chasing’.
He and Dawson’s Creek star Holmes, 40, were reportedly in a six-year relationship, though neither ever confirmed they were together.
Foxx and Vave were pictured arriving at Bootsy Bellows on Friday evening and then leaving around 2am on Saturday morning. As they left Jamie kept a tight hold of Sela.
He later put a protective hand around her waist as they attempted to get to their car.
Jamie and Sela have known each other since at least June which is when Sela first shared a selfie of the two of them together.
She captioned it: ‘I am so grateful to this man! Thank you so much @iamjamiefoxx for everything you do and for believing in me. #feelingblessed.’
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