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Michael B. Jordan Got Super Candid About The Loneliness He Struggles With And What He Wants In A Partner

Michael B. Jordan Got Super Candid About The Loneliness He Struggles With And What He Wants In A Partner

Michael B. Jordan got candid about the loneliness of being single on a recent episode of the On Purpose with Jay Shetty podcast.

Michael B. Jordan in a suit with a large floral adornment on the lapel, posing at an event
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You might remember that the 37-year-old was last linked to Lori Harvey. The former couple was first photographed together in November 2020.

Michael and Lori in stylish attire exiting a vehicle
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They dated for about a year and a half before calling it quits in June 2022.

Michael and Lori posing, person on left in a black tuxedo, right in a metallic embellished gown

When Jay Shetty asked about the best and worst parts of being Michael B. Jordan, the actor said he loves being Uncle Mike to his niece and nephew. As for the negatives, he said, "I love multitasking; I love juggling, the balancing act that I do. The worst part is the loneliness that comes with that."

Michael in a podcast studio with microphone, wearing a casual sweater and pants
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"There's a loneliness that I have. The responsibility that you have is isolating, and the weight is isolating. So I think the worst part of that is the feeling like nobody really understands, and sometimes falling into the spaces of just being alone, feeling alone."

Michael in a podcast setting with a microphone, expressing while speaking. Framed items in background
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Jay asked how Michael finds love as one of People's former Sexiest Men Alive.

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With a laugh, he replied, "I revert back to the last question. It's very lonely!"

Michael laughing while sitting at a podcast setup with microphone and headphones
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Michael said he flips "back and forth between wanting partnership and then not knowing what's the best partner for me." He explained that bringing a partner into his world isn't easy. "And it's not just, 'I love you, you love me, that should be enough,' right? It's not quite that simple. Finding the right person to understand all of me, but then all that comes with me, as well."

Michael in a podcast studio with microphone, wearing a dark shirt with text, holding a shoe. Bottles on table
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The actor said it's also about balance: being available to support a partner while juggling his career. Additionally, being willing to step back from work at times.

Michael in the boxing ring with his gloved hands up and standing in a focused stance, lights above,
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"The sacrifice, the compromise that comes with a partnership and a relationship, and understanding how to make that all work, sometimes it gives me anxiety and pause."

Michael gesturing while sitting, wearing a microphone headset, in a room with shelving and decor
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He also said there's a part of him that hasn't fully experienced life yet. Visiting Japan last year was one of the only times he went on a trip for fun rather than traveling for work, which often requires press and rigid schedules.

Michael gesturing while speaking during the podcast
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"I'm looking forward to that part of my life... I gotta start living. I've sacrificed, and I've zoned in for so long. I owe it to myself a little bit to do that... I'm not 'looking' [for a partner], but it would take a very special person to understand and grow with me," he concluded.

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You can watch the full interview below (they start talking about relationships at the 1 hour, 15 minute mark):