Tessa Thompson Opens Up About Her Relationship with Janelle Monáe


Tessa Thompson discussed her sexual identity and her relationship with Janelle Monáe.

She spoke about her relationship in an interview with Net-A-Porter. The Thor: Ragnarok actress was an open book, saying “[In my family] you can be anything 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,” confirming her bisexuality.

She gushed about her love for Monáe, revealing that “Janelle and I love each other deeply. We’re so close, we vibrate on the same frequency. If people want to speculate about what we are, it doesn’t bother me.” Thompson had played Monáe’s love interest in Monáe’s Dirty Computer visual album.

It all honestly sounds like a fairytale, but Thompson added that sometimes it can be difficult to maintain a balance between needing privacy and wanting to use her platform. “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?”

Whatever Thompson decides, we just hope she feels empowered.