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Tessa Thompson Remains Cryptic About Relationship With Janelle Monáe

Tessa Thompson, Janelle Monae
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“We’re trying to push boundaries.”

During a recent evening in Brooklyn Tessa Thompson was taking a stroll down memory lane and fielding questions from a New York Magazine reporter. While discussing her film roles and dodging advances at a bar, Thompson was asked about her supposed relationship with musician and actor Janelle Monae.

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"The truth is Janelle and I are both in a space where we're trying to push boundaries in terms of the idea of what space a woman of color can occupy," she said, when her coming out was brought up along with her roles and Monae's love interest in the "Pynk" music video. "[We both] believe fiercely that people should be free to love who they love," she continued, saying they aren't interested with "super-binary conversations" about "identity or sexuality." Thompson says the pair stand separately on those issues but adds, "And in our friendship we celebrate that we're like-minded in that space, too."

If Thompson rejects the idea of a gender binary and rigid sense of identity, who's to say that she and Monae aren't connected or affiliated in some way that lies beyond our ideas of what a relationship should be? Read the full New York interview, here.

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