In April, the series’ lead actor faced backlash from the Beyhive, a group of dedicated Beyonce fans, after he gave the “Hold Up” singer two kisses on the cheek and a hug at the 2019 NAACP Awards.
On the ABC talk show earlier this week, co-host Michael Strahan asked Hardwick about the awkward moment. Before the actor could answer, Naughton came to his defense.
“They tried to come for my TV husband, [but] he was just being a friend,” the singer-turned-actress said. “Why can’t friends hug and kiss anymore?”
50 Cent jokingly added that Hardwick “just got excited.” Naughton added, “They made that way bigger; I was there and it was so not a situation.”
Watch the full segment below.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.