It’s hard to believe, but Jamie Foxx hasn’t met Jay-Z — and in fact, the Oscar winner doesn’t want to.

Foxx, 49, told People magazine that he’s “a little in awe of Jay-Z.”

And although the two shared a table at Rihanna’s Diamond Ball, which was held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York earlier this week, the two celebrities didn’t exchange pleasantries.

“I like to keep that mystique of him. I don’t ever want to be too close,” the actor and comedian explained. “I keep Jay-Z on a certain level.”

Foxx said his image of the rapper is also close to his heart because he bonded with his father, Darrell Bishop, while watching Beyonce’s husband perform. The comedian has spoken openly about his estranged relationships with his parents, having been adopted and raised by his grandparents.

“I took my father to see Jay-Z, not too long after 9/11… this was our first moment of bonding, and I was like, ‘I’m gonna take you see somebody, pops.’ And we watched that guy, and we had a great moment,” he recalled.



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