Tessa Thompson spoke publicly about her sexual identity for the first time in a new interview with Net-A-Reporter. If people want to speculate about what we are, that’s okay. Janelle Monae Posts Sweet Birthday Message To Rumored Girlfriend Tessa Thompson. “Pink is where all of it starts, crazy,” she sings lightly during the chorus. Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox. The two confirmed they are indeed an item in June 2018. Do I have a responsibility to say in a public space that this is my person?”, Monáe came out as pansexual in an interview with Rolling Stone in April. Just two months later, Tessa Thompson also disclosed to the public that she was bisexual. 14,702, This story has been shared 14,183 times. This all came about in the Westworld actor's recent interview with Net-A-Porter, in which she opened up about her bisexuality and her relationship with Monáe — a relationship she stops just short of confirming is a romantic one. Check out the “Best of Elite Daily” stream in the Bustle App for more stories just like this! If you haven’t kept up with the Thompson/Monáe rumors, they actually started way back as early as April 2015, when Thompson appeared in Monae… For a while, the rumors quieted down about the two until they were spotted together getting cuddly in early 2017. Tessa Thompson and Janelle Monáe’s relationship is the hardest on-again off-again relationship I have ever been in. “I’m attracted to men and also to women. Janelle Monáe just released a new song and video, "Pynk," featuring pop artist Grimes and actress Tessa Thompson. Sign up for our Email Newsletters here. Thompson just wrapped up the second season of “Westworld” and can be seen in Boots Riley’s Sundance smash “Sorry to Bother You” starting July 6. Rumors about Janelle's sexuality have been swirling around the internet for years. For now, it looks as if they’ll be keeping what they share to themselves. Were Tessa Thompson's denim 'vagina pants' inspired by Janelle Monáe? janelle monae now: this entire song is about tessa thompson eating my pussy — Ph⌬ebe (@queerengineered) April 10, 2018 Earlier today, singer and multi-hyphenate Janelle Monáe came out in a Rolling Stone interview, saying she has “been in relationships with both men and women,” and that she currently identifies as pansexual.Monáe’s sexual orientation has long been a source of speculation, with many wondering if her close friendship with actress Tessa Thompson is actually a secret romance. On her new song “Pynk,” featuring cult favorite indie pop artist Grimes, the Grammy-nominated creator finds a dreamy, future-pop vibe that’s both danceable and sweetly haunting. Janelle Monáe is not playing around with her commitment to feminism through her music. Her albums The Electric Lady and 2018's Dirty Computer have also featured iconic singers like Grimes, Brian Wilson, Erykah Badu, and the late Prince, and have been nominated for multiple awards. This Article is related to: Film and tagged Janelle Monáe, Tessa Thompson. Janelle Monae is celebrating her rumored girlfriend Tessa Thompson’s birthday with the world. and p-ssy power!” the video description declares. I’m attracted to men and also to women. Janelle Monae and Tessa Thompson Stewart Cook/REX/Shutterstock Tessa Thompson spoke publicly about her sexual identity for the first time in a new interview with Net-A-Reporter . The album and its accompanying film had nods to the sci-fi worlds Janelle has been inhabiting since The ArchAndroid, but it also took a deeper look at themes of desire, physical and emotional insecurities, and sexual liberation. The “Westworld” and “Sorry to Bother You” actress said she is “attracted to men and also to women” and spoke at length about her friend and collaborator, musician-actress Janelle Monáe. I can take things for granted because of my family – it’s so free and you can be anything that you want to be. The video was directed by Emma Westenberg and features a cast of dancers in addition to Grimes that includes actress Tessa Thompson. If you haven’t kept up with the Thompson/Monáe rumors, they actually started way back as early as April 2015, when Thompson appeared in Monae’s “Yoga” music video, followed by the two appearing at the MOCA gala in color-coordinated outfits, taking vacations together, and just generally seeming cozy. “We love each other deeply,” Thompson told Net-a-Porter. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Janelle Monae is celebrating her rumored girlfriend Tessa Thompson’s birthday with the world.. Janelle took to Instagram and dedicated a series of stories to the Creed actress and included a few intimate snapshots of the two. Monae said, “We love each other deeply. If you're freaking out right now, then, don't worry — so am I! But so many people don’t. “That was something I was conscientious of in terms of this declaration around Janelle and myself," she continues. 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Hidden Figures and Moonlight star Monáe will voice the role of Peg, the wise-cracking friend of Lady, who is being played by Monae’s close friend Tessa Thompson. “Sometimes we cheer so loudly at someone speaking their truth, that we miss what they say,” Thompson tweeted over the weekend. Reports that they were dating started Tessa was Janelle’s love interest in Janelle’s Dirty Computer in February. However, they have been conspicuously absent from each other's social media pages recently, leaving us to conclude that if they were indeed an item before, they likely aren't now. Namely, is Janelle Monáe a lesbian? It doesn’t bother me.”. But so many people don’t. And if she is, is she dating Tessa Thompson? We’re so close, we vibrate on the same frequency. “We vibrate on the same frequency. Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Copyright © 2020 Penske Business Media, LLC. And if it's not, well, at least we’ll always have the PYNK video. Pardon me, I'm going to need you to stop whatever you're doing right now. Thanks for contacting us. Be proud.". “PYNK is the color that unites us all, for pink is the color found in the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of humans everywhere… PYNK is where the future is born….”. Keep reading while we investigate these rumors and more. Thompson played a recurring role, at one point even peeking out of Monáe’s vagina pants (yes, that's a thing) in her music video for PYNK. Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Ultimately, that's for Janelle and Tessa to know, and not necessarily for the rest of us to find out. Write to Raisa Bruner at raisa.bruner@time.com. It’s a rich visual of pink lipstick, pink costumes and pink-themed parties, naturally. In the interview, Janelle clarified that she had identified as bisexual for years, but after learning more about pansexuality, discovered that this label rang more true to her experience. It doesn’t bother me.”. Monáe has been a constant and vocal advocate for women in music and across industries, standing up at the Grammy’s to support the Time’s Up movement in a powerful speech. We've received your submission. Janelle Monáe released a 45-minute film with her electrifying latest album, and fans were quick to notice that among the beautiful extras in the film, actress Tessa Thompson featured prominently, often as Janelle's love interest. Privacy Notice Do I have a responsibility to say in a public space that this is my person?”. Your Ad Choices [caption id="attachment_218302" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Birdman[/caption] (more…). In April 2018, after the release of 'Dirty Computer,' Janelle Monáe came out as pansexual in Rolling Stone. Are Janelle Monáe and Tessa Thompson dating for real? “I want everyone else to have that freedom and support that I have from my loved ones. “We love each other deeply, we’re so close,” Thompson said of her relationship with Monáe. Tessa then played the role of Janelle’s lover in the erotic 2018 video to the track, Pynk. I want everyone else to have that freedom and support that I have from my loved one, but so many people don’t. Janelle Monáe has three award-winning albums under her belt, has starred in Oscar-winning films like Moonlight and Hidden Figures, is the CEO of her own label, is a CoverGirl model, and most recently, has landed the lead role in Amazon's thriller series, Homecoming. Janelle and Tessa were spotted on multiple red carpets together and seemed to feature constantly on each other's Instagram Stories. She also said that Dirty Computer was for all the "young girls, young boys, nonbinary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves. “That was something I was conscientious of in terms of this declaration around Janelle and myself,” she said. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our, Janelle Monáe Just Made a New Girl Power Anthem and Video With Grimes. 14,968, This story has been shared 14,702 times. In the past, she had chosen to be more mysterious about her identity, saying she “only dates androids,” but in this interview she explained that she identifies as pansexual, telling the magazine: Rolling Stone points out that Monáe initially identified as bisexual, "but then later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.' If I bring a woman home, [or]a man, we don’t even have to have the discussion.”, “I get text messages from friends that are like, ‘Would you please let Janelle know I came out to my family because of her?’ I think that work is really helping people and probably saving some lives.”. ‘Soul’ Aims for Oscar Glory as Disney Shifts to Streaming, but Not All Films Deserve the Same Release, How Closed Theaters, Drive-In Movies, and Netflix Supremacy Are Shaping Oscar Season, ‘Chicago 7’ Vs. the World: How Aaron Sorkin’s Awards-Friendly Epic Jolted a Strange Awards Season, Introducing ‘Deep Dive’: Damon Lindelof and His Team Go Behind the Scenes of ‘Watchmen’, ‘Succession’: How Editing Helps Every Dinner Scene Come to Life — Deep Dive, Becoming Hooded Justice: The ‘Watchmen’ Craft Team Analyzes the Emotional, Pivotal Scene – Deep Dive, 40 Must-See New Movies to See This Fall Season, The Best Movies Eligible for the 2021 Oscars Right Now, Jessie Buckley Won’t Explain ‘Ending Things,’ but She Will Reveal What Terrified Her Most.