03/18/2008 at 07:35 AM EDT
Just because you're friends with Tom Cruise
, doesn't mean you're a Scientologist.
So says Will Smith
, who's denying recent reports – including Radar
magazine's April cover story – which claim he's been increasingly involved with the controversial religion.
"You don't have to be Jewish to be a friend of Steven Spielberg. You don't have to be a Muslim to be a friend of Muhammad Ali. And you don't have to be a Scientologist to be a friend of Tom Cruise," the actor told the New York Daily News
"I am a Christian," the 39-year-old added. "I am a student of all religions. And I respect all people and all paths." Like this story? Click on the Yahoo Buzz! button below to Buzz it up!