Actor Michael B. Jordan has produced a classy response after Naomi Osaka inadvertently called him out on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
The US Open champion revealed Jordan as her celebrity crush, and before she could persuade Ellen to drop the subject, the TV host had already gone to work.
Ellen contacted Jordan during the show, leaving Osaka red-faced and notably embarrassed.
But the actor from Creed was more than happy to play along, uploading a heartfelt message for the Japanese tennis star afterwards on Twitter.
“The way you carry yourself with such humility and grace, it’s really amazing to see you are setting an amazing example for the kids and little boys and girls that are looking up to you,” Jordan said.
“Ellen hit me up and told me she was having you on the show so I wanted to send my love and support.”
The hilarious match-making attempt was initiated by Ellen and met with a roar of laughter from the crowd.
“Celebrity crush, you can make it happen, you are very famous now,” Ellen said.
Naomi Osaka’s produced a coy response, but it was enough to initiate an awkward chain of events that would unfold.
“I don’t know his name, but he’s the villain in Black Panther,” Osaka responded.
An excited DeGeneres reacted by picking up her phone, sitting next to Osaka, and taking a selfie that was just as quickly on its way to the Black Panther actor’s phone.
Jordan also delved into the process of becoming a celebrity and congratulated Osaka for her epic US Open victory.
“A lot of the time you’re on this journey, and a lot of people they don’t see the process, they only see the end results,” Jordan continued.
“Just know that all the hard work, the blood, sweat and tears that you put into your journey people have finally been able to see and that’s a bit thing to be proud of.
“Keep being great, everyone is watching out.”
What Serena whispered to Osaka after she burst into tears
Earlier on the Ellen DeGeneres show, Osaka revealed what Serena Williams said to her after booing US Open fans brought her to tears.
In awful scenes after Osaka’s historic grand slam triumph, the 20-year-old burst into tears as fans voiced their displeasure at the way Serena had lost.
The 23-time grand slam champion could be seen leaning over to Osaka and whispering some words of encouragement in her young rival’s ear.
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And now Osaka has revealed exactly what Serena said.
“She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn’t booing at me,” Osaka told Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday.
“At the time, I did … think that they were booing at me.
“I couldn’t tell what was going on, because it was just so loud in there. It was a little bit stressful.”
The Japanese woman also opened up about what she was thinking when Serena was melting down.
“When you’re little, you’re taught not to look at, like, if your opponent gets angry or anything,” Osaka explained on the show.
“You’re told to just turn around and try to focus, so I tried to do that, but in my mind I was sort of…like, I really wanted to know what was going on.
“I couldn’t hear and I was looking away, but I heard a lot of people in the crowd making noises, and I really wanted to turn around, but I didn’t.”