Michael B. Jordan and Lore’l recently had a run-in on the red carpet of the Atlanta screening of Creed III. Lore’l was accused of calling Michael “corny” during a podcast episode, but she denied it. Michael stood his ground, though, telling her that he had heard it.
The two had known each other since childhood, attending Chad School Academy in Newark, New Jersey together. Lore’l had previously admitted to making fun of Michael when they were schoolmates, but it was her co-host Dominique Da Diva who called him “corny” during a February 2021 episode of their podcast The Undressing Room.
“I think that Michael B. Jordan is just like a nice, corny guy,” Dominique said. “And I don’t mean that as a slight, right? I mean, we all know that the nice, corny guys treat you the best.”
Lore’l recalled her experience as a classmate of Michael’s.
“To be honest with you, we teased him all the damn time ’cause his name was Michael Jordan. Like, let’s start there. He was no Michael Jordan,” she added. “And then he also would come to school with headshots. And back then, we lived in Newark. Like, that’s the hood, you know what I mean? So we would make fun of him like, ‘What you gonna do with your little stupid headshots?'”
Michael talked about the teasing he faced growing up, and how it only fueled him to be successful.
“I definitely got teased a lot, but it gave me a healthy chip,” the Black Panther alum told Rachel Nichols on ESPN’s The Jump. “I was playing basketball. So, it pushed me to be successful at whatever I was going to do, to be great at whatever I was going to do so people would know my name instead of thinking of the basketball player. So that was like a nice little healthy chip that I had growing up.”