Tessa Thompson Opens Up About Her Sexuality And Her Relationship With Janelle Monáe

Tessa Thompson says she's dated men and women before.


While talking to PORTEREdit, Thompson says she’s not only with dating men or women, but that she thanks her family for that fact.

"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.”

Specifically, the actor shared that her open and accepting family is part of the reason for that.

"I can take things for granted because of my family – it’s so free and you can be anything that you want to be,’ she said


In addition, Thompson spoke on her close relationship with singer Janelle Monáe. Thompson starred as several of Monáe’s music videos including Make Me Feel, Pynk, and all throughout Monáe’s visual album Dirty Computer.

Thompson says she understands where people are coming from with their curiosity around the subject but that the two also want to keep some of their relationship private.


“We love each other deeply,’ she added. ‘We’re so close, we vibrate on the same frequency.”

“That was something I was conscientious of in terms of this declaration around Janelle and myself,” Thompson said.

“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?”

“It’s tricky, because Janelle and I are just really private people and we’re both trying to navigate how you reconcile wanting to have that privacy and space, and also wanting to use your platform and influence,” she said.

Its also important to add that Thompson plays the bisexual superhero Valkryie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Although her character is currently M.I.A. after the Avengers: Infinity War, recent comments from Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige have us thinking her character will be back for more in upcoming films.

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