Why Jamie Foxx doesn't 'want to be too close' to Jay-Z

PHOTO: Pictured (L-R) are Jamie Foxx on June 14, 2017 and Jay-Z on Feb. 11, 2017, in Los Angeles.PlayGetty Images
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It's hard to believe, but Jamie Foxx doesn't want to be BFFs with Jay-Z. It's because the Oscar winner admires the rapper too much.

Foxx, 49, told People magazine that he's "a little in awe of Jay-Z."

Still, the two shared a table at Rihanna's Diamond Ball, which was held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York earlier this week.

"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 Jay-Z, 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," Foxx recalled.