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Tessa Thompson Covers Net-A-Porter, Comes Out as Bisexual

Tessa Thompson

We've all had a crush on Tessa Thompson ever since she appeared as a love interest in Janelle Monae’s “Make Me Feel” music video (ok, before that, too). After constantly being questioned about her sexuality, Thompson opened up about her personal life in an interview with Net-a-Porter and confirmed that she identifies as a bisexual woman.

"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…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…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?"

The reveal comes two months after Janelle Monae came out as pansexual in a Rolling Stone interview. Though Thompson disclosed her sexuality, speculation remains on whether she is in a relationship with Monae. “We love each other deeply,” she said. “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.”

Though fans have to wait to see if these two queer women of color are the latest power couple, Thompson’s candidness has made a great stride in representation for queer people of color in mainstream media. With projects in film and television like Westworld, Thor: Ragnarok, Creed, and the upcoming Sorry to Bother You, Thompson is now one of the most visible queer women of color in the entertainment industry.

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