People’ has spoken and has named Michael B. Jordan the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ for 2020!
Jordan inherits the title from singer John Legend, who appeared on the cover last year.
“It’s a cool feeling,” Jordan told the magazine. “Everybody always made that joke, like, ‘Mike, this is the one thing you’re probably not going to get.’ But it’s a good club to be a part of.”
This marks the first time Jordan, 33, has been named Sexiest Man Alive, though the magazine has included him in previous Sexiest Man Alive packages. Last year, for example, actor was included in an online gallery of the hottest eligible bachelors.
Raised in Newark, N.J. by his parents, Donna and Michael A., along with his brother, Khalid, and sister, Jamila, Jordan credits his entire family for being a grounding force throughout the years.
“My mom and dad sacrificed so much to provide for my sister, brother and me,” he says. “I’m just grateful. Honestly it’s like they all have had such an impact on me and who I am and how I approach each day. Without that, a lot of things about me just wouldn’t be the same. So it all comes back to that foundation. I’m really thankful for that.”
Jordan, who is next slated to appear in “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse” alongside Jamie Bell and Cam Gigandet, is still single, and he’s admitted that dating in the public eye can be challenging. In a 2018 GQ profile, the “Creed” star explained that whenever he steps out with a woman, fans and photographers immediately assume he’s in a serious relationship.
“Now, I’m not saying options aren’t there. I’m not saying that. But as far as, like, the nuance of dating, it’s just not the same,” he explained. “I’m just going to keep trying to work on myself and build this empire.”
Jordan, who when not working relishes driving cars, cooking and playing video games, insists the secret to his confidence now was “fully realizing that you can’t make everybody happy.”
“You could have all the good intentions in the world, and you’ll still get controversy or some type of negativity thrown your way,” he says. “Sometimes you’ve just got to trust the universe, you know? You’ve got to just believe in yourself and do what you feel is really right. I think that adds up.”
As for who will be most excited for his new title, Jordan insists the women in his family “are definitely proud of this one,” he says. “When my grandmother was alive, it was something that she collected, and then my mom naturally reads it a lot and my aunts as well. This is one that they’re definitely going to have a special place for.”
In 10 years, Jordan hopes “to be maybe directing a little more, acting less, producing a lot more.”
“Just growing, whatever the next evolution of me is,” he says. “Hopefully a family by then, I’m going to throw that in the universe. I want to make an impact all over the world and not just through the roles that I play.”