While female friendship is no stranger in the entertainment industry, it can sometimes be hard to tell when two women are BFFs or lovers. This may be the case with actresses Tessa Thompson and Janelle Monae.
For months, since at least September of last year, there have been rumors that these two may actually be dating while some thought that perhaps they were just besties. Though the rumors regarding what type of relationship they shared persisted as the two were often seen and photographed together.
i just read this huge thing about how tessa thompson and janelle monae might be dating and just that fact that this is a possibility has raised billions for the lgbts pic.twitter.com/hN5YOBNZpp
— king killmonger ? (@louislestats) February 9, 2018
Though Monae hasn’t really confirmed her sexuality one way or another, many have speculated that she does date women.
Now on the precipice of a new album titled Dirty Computer, which will be releasing soon, the multi-talented Monae has dropped a teaser trailer that has some fans claiming this pretty much confirms the two are a certified thing.
janelle monae and tessa thompson let me BREATHE challenge pic.twitter.com/u5VjGkuE7U
— dhani (@ranahabeebti) February 16, 2018
Monae, who recently crossed over into acting, had her two breakout roles in Oscar-winning films Moonlight and Hidden Figures, was also recently seen at the premiere of Thompson’s new film Annihilation earlier this week.
So while neither one of them have confirmed anything verbally, it seems like there’s at least something going on here.
Thompson, who is most recently coming off her role in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok has been a vocal advocate and representative for the Time’s Up movement, which helps to highlight the sexual misconduct that runs rampant in many industries.
Monae has been a fierce advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement and speaks openly about women’s rights. So in terms of both activism and their art, they are two very inclusive women who wish to lend their voices to causes for equity.
Whether the music or visuals that are coming from the new album will confirm the nature of their relationship or not, the trailer has many fans thinking there must be at least a bit of truth to the speculation.
At the very least they are really good friends who also happen to play lovers in the videos that will accompany Monae’s new music. For now, it’s clear that the two have some type of special bond.