Tessa Thompson Talks Dating, Explains Relationship With Janelle Monae In Candid Chat

Tessa Thompson discusses all things dating when she chats with The Cut for the first-ever print issue.

Thompson, 34, who came out as bisexual earlier this year, insists: “I currently don’t have time to date.

“Also, because dating right now requires that somebody gets on a plane, which is fine, but that’s a lot to ask when you’re first… It’s a lot of expectation.”

The actress admits she did ‘catfish’ people with her friends at one point: “It didn’t go well. We had some passive-aggressive and some just like aggressive messages being, like, ‘You’re not real!’ And I was like, ‘And you’re right, I’m not!’ Delete.”

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Thompson also addresses her rumoured relationship with Janelle Monae, insisting: “The truth is Janelle and I are both in a space where we’re trying to push boundaries in terms of the idea of what space a woman of colour can occupy.”

She adds that the duo both “believe fiercely that people should be free to love who they love” and that they weren’t interested in “super-binary conversations” about “identity or sexuality.”

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The @tessamaethompson discourse lately has been loud and demanding. But the interest in her reached a frenzy when she appeared in Janelle Monáe’s video, “Pynk,” as a human-size clitoris. People couldn’t resist speculating: What does it mean that Tessa Thompson starred as Janelle Monáe’s love interest in a music video for a song all about vaginas? She told us, “The truth is Janelle and I are both in a space where we're trying to push boundaries in terms of the idea of what space a woman of color can occupy.”’ She talks their maybe-more-than-friendship, why she admires Greta Garbo, and why she’s skeptical of online dating in the link in bio. — Photo by @awolerizku, styled by @rebeccarams, hair by @lacyredway, makeup by @ninapark, nails by @doughee.b.

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Thompson’s latest chat comes after she told PorterEdit of Monae, whom she’s since denied she’s dating: “We love each other deeply, 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.”

Thompson has previously starred in three of Monae’s music videos: 2015’s “Yoga”, as well as 2018’s “Make Me Feel” and “PYNK”.

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