Tessa Thompson Comes Out: 'I'm Attracted to Men and Also to Women'

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Tessa Thompson attends "On One with Angela Rye" Presents: Black Women Are Leading The Revolution during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Buona Vita on Jan. 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah.

She also addresses rumors of a relationship with Janelle Monae: “If people want to speculate about what we are, it doesn’t bother me.”

On Friday (June 29), actress Tessa Thompson came out in her Net-A-Porter cover story, saying, “I’m attracted to men and also to women.”

Before now, Thompson hadn't been vocal about her sexuality, raised by a family who she says welcomed and loved her regardless. “I want everyone else to have that freedom and support that I have from my loved ones,” she said. “If I bring a woman home, [or] a man, we don’t even have to have the discussion.”

The actress’ sexuality garnered speculation when public attention rose surrounding her potential relationship with artist Janelle Monáe.

Thompson made cameo appearances as a love interest in two of the singer’s music videos (“Make Me Feel” and “PYNK”) from her latest album, Dirty Computer, which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart last month.

It doesn’t seem like Thompson is too worried about the rumors. “Janelle and I love each other deeply. We’re so close, we vibrate on the same frequency,” she said. “If people want to speculate about what we are, it doesn’t bother me.”

Monáe came out as queer and pansexual in her Rolling Stone cover story in March. Right now, neither her nor Thompson are trying to explicitly define their relationship on such a public level but still aim to use the visibility of celebrity to enact change.

“It’s tricky, because Janelle and I are just really private people,” Thompson said. “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.”

In the interview, Thompson also talks about wrapping production for Creed II, her role in the hit HBO show Westworld, and her newest project, Sorry to Bother You, out July 6.

Read Thompson's full interview here.

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