“Power” star Omari Hardwick is keeping it 100 on the Beyoncé incident. The Hollywood heavyweight has dished out more details behind his now-infamous NAACP Image Awards moment with Queen Bey.
In a new Hot 97 interview, Omari discussed how the media hyped up the friendly run-in.
“Celebrity has become the seller of a person’s person. Now that Omari is more of a celebrity from the moment I met [radio host] Ebro, it’s not that it was just Beyoncé it’s that Omari is bigger. If somebody else, who’s not as big, hugs Beyoncé, I don’t know. – and JAY would have slapped me upside the head if I didn’t, ‘D*mn, n*gga, didn’t you see B? Give her a hug.’ That’s a woman that reached out to me, I don’t know, one more once and said, ‘I’m doing a surprise birthday for JAY, you gotta be there.’ That’s a friend.” (Hot 97)
A few days ago, Omari’s “Power” co-stars weighed-in on the hug and kiss moment.
Earlier this spring, Curtis Jackson went to Instagram and blamed Hardwick’s excitement for sparking his double-kiss.
“Man, it didn’t mean nothing. It didn’t mean nothing, man. He was just excited. What happened to being excited, man? He was excited. That was Beyoncé, blood. That’s Beyoncé, blood! Ha ha ha!”
Initially, Fif playfully trolled Hardwick about the kiss and suggested Bey’s husband JAY-Z would kill his “Power” character in show’s upcoming sixth season.