On an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, actress and comedian Niecy Nash talked about labels and her “hersband,” musician Jessica Betts.
After talking about her children and celebrating her recent birthday in Mexico, Ellen congratulated Nash on her marriage and asked “You say you didn’t really come out, you went within yourself, is that what you said?”
“That is what I said,” Nash replied. “You called her my wife, but I lovingly call her my hersband,” she smiled. “And are you her hersband too,” Ellen followed up.
“No, I’m her wife,” Nash laughed. The Masked Singer host continued, explaining why she never "came out." According to her, she was never living a "sexually repressed life when I was married to men, I just loved them when I loved them, and now I love her.” It's a point she has made before.
Nash says her youngest child, 21, recently sat down with her to watch a video about different labels and sexualities, saying that her mom needed to pick one. When she asked her “well what are you,” Nash replied “confused.” She added “I’m Black and I’m your mama, now go sit down.”
Later, Ellen asked when Nash and Betts realized they were more than just friends. ``We were probably friends for about four and a half years,” Nash said, “I was already divorced and we were still friends, and we went to go eat crab, and the next thing you know…”
“Oh that’s it, that’s the gay thing,” Ellen quipped. “It’s a gateway people,” Nash joined in, “if you don’t want this life don’t go eat crab!”
Nash has been killing it in the comedy game for over two decades, starring in comedies like Reno 911, Scream Queens, and Claws. She was also nominated for an Emmy for her performance in Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us. She’s currently hosting The Masked Singer, and according to reports, she could be on her way to hosting her own talk show soon.