Big Boi from the group Outkast throws out the first pitch before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres on May 1, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.

Big Boi from the group Outkast throws out the first pitch before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres on May 1, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.

*Big Boi has played down reports suggesting he’s about to join the cast of British reality show “Celebrity Big Brother,” insisting he never gave producers an official answer.

The rapper reportedly signed a $450,000 deal with bosses at Channel 5 to appear in the series, which will begin airing later this month, but Big Boi claims the announcement he’ll be a part of the show is premature.

In a statement issued to the Wall Street Journal, the hip-hop veteran explains: “They reached out to my team a while back. I was on my way back from Canada, they started saying I was set to be on there… and it wasn’t true.”

However, Big Boi isn’t ruling out the gig completely, adding: “I don’t know. I’ve been on the road… They were talking to my team but I don’t know what happened after that. I never said yes or no, ever.”

If the rapper signs up for the show, he will join British celebrity contestants including Five singer Abz Love and model Sophie Anderton. Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is also reportedly on board for the 12th season of the series.

Big Boi wouldn’t be the first hip-hop star to take part in Celebrity Big Brother – Coolio and singer Sisqo have both previously featured on the U.K. version of the program.