One of the weird things about being a celebrity is that, if you're ever photographed standing within five feet of another celebrity, there's a good chance people will automatically assume you're dating or, at the very least, sticking it to one another.
Odell Beckham Jr.—who is still getting adjusted to celebrity life after bursting onto the NFL scene in 2014 as a rookie for the Giants—found that out the hard way in late May when he was photographed talking to Khloe Kardashian at a pool party thrown by Drake. Photos of the two made their way to TMZ Sports, and within just 24 hours, everyone assumed Odell and Khloe were the newest celebrity couple.
Khloe eventually burst everyone's bubble by jumping on Twitter to shoot down the rumors surrounding her relationship with OBJ:
But apparently, that didn't stop OBJ from having to deal with some fallout from the rumors. He is the subject of a feature story in the August 2016 issue of GQ, and while speaking with GQ editor Devin Gordon, he talked about the photos that emerged from Drake's party and said he was confused by the dating stories they generated.
"Whoever was there taking the pictures inside of a private party, inside of a private-er, private-er area of the house—we were in the kitchen of the house, where there was only like 15 people. It's just kind of like...'dating'?" he said. "I just met this person. This is maybe the second conversation we've had."
OBJ then went on to suggest that the photos may have affected a relationship he was in at the time.
"Things go like that," he said, "and then some other girl that I may have been talking to her about it, and now it's more drama, more commotion in my life. And I'm sitting here trying to explain my situation to somebody, and it's really not even a situation."
OBJ is clearly finding out that fame isn't always all it's cracked up to be.
Elsewhere in the interview, the Pro Bowl wide receiver also touched on his now-epic rivalry with Josh Norman that started in Week 15 of the 2015-16 NFL season after the two wrestled and fought on the field in the middle of a Panthers/Giants game. The outspoken players have continued their war of words on social media throughout the offseason:
And OBJ kept it going during his GQ interview by taking a few more shots at his rival. At one point during the interview, OBJ said he "for sure" thinks Norman signed with the Redskins in April so that he could be guaranteed of at least two matchups against OBJ every season. OBJ said he sees it as a "smart business move" on Norman's part and says it will help keep Norman "relevant."
"If I wasn't playing him twice a year, maybe people wouldn't bring it up as much," he told GQ. "But now it'll be a lot more media attention for him, attention that I don't really look for, attention I don't really need. The reason that he's become so relevant is because of me."
More fighting words from OBJ? Yup. Norman hasn't gotten wind of them yet, but we're sure he will soon so keep an eye on his Twitter feed. And just in case you don't already have it circled, the first Giants/Redskins game of the season will take place on September 25. It should be something.