Fri, Jun 29 01:37 PM |Entertainment

Tessa Thompson Comes Out And Opens Up About Her Relationship With Janelle Monáe

As Pride month comes to a close, we’re pretty sure that two of our favorite entertainment personalities (Janelle Monáe and Tessa Thompson) are giving us extra reasons to toss the multicolored confetti...

But we’ll let you be the judge!

Thanks to Janelle’s recent revelation that she is a “queer Black woman” and the release of her album Dirty Computer (and accompanying film that starred Tessa as a romantic interest), many expected her to speak openly about star’s role in her life. Not so much. 

But in a new interview with Net-a-Porter’s Porter magazine, Tessa served up some insight into their dynamic.

“It’s tricky, because Janelle and I are just really private people and we’re both trying to navigate how you reconcile wanting to have that privacy and space, and also wanting to use your platform and influence,” she confessed. “I can take things for granted because of my family – it’s so free and you can be anything that you want to be. I’m attracted to men and also to women. If I bring a woman home, [or] a man, we don’t even have to have the discussion.”


But walking the line of wanting to have something for herself as well as wanting to use her influence to speak about LGBTQ issues, is, as she said before — “tricky.”



“That was something I was conscientious of in terms of this declaration around Janelle and myself. I want everyone else to have that freedom and support that I have from my loved ones,” she continued. “But so many people don’t. So, do I have a responsibility to talk about that? Do I have a responsibility to say in a public space that this is my person?”

To be clear though, she is not at all bothered by the speculation. 

“We love each other deeply,” Tessa dished. “We’re so close, we vibrate on the same frequency. If people want to speculate about what we are, that’s okay. It doesn’t bother me.”


Janelle once chimed in on the mutterings, actually.


“Right now I’m escaping the gravity of the labels that people have tried to place on me that have stopped my evolution,” she noted in a New York Times profile on April 19th. 


“I want it to be very clear that I’m an advocate for women,” she said, when asked about her and Tessa’s dynamic. “I’m a girl’s girl, meaning I support women no matter what they choose to do. I’m proud when everybody is taking agency over their image and their bodies.”


This is all very nice, right? 


So now can we let the questions about Janelle And Tessa's relationship status go? 

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