Tessa Thompson Opens Up About Her Sexuality for the First Time

Tessa Thompson, star of Westworld and the upcoming movie Sorry to Bother You, recently sat down with Net-a-Porter for an interview in which she discussed her sexual identity for the first time. Rumors about her relationship with Janelle Monáe have been circulating for quite some time, but peaked earlier this year when Thompson appeared as Monáe’s love interest and in otherwise highly suggestive scenes throughout Monaé’s emotion picture Dirty Computer released earlier this year.

“I’m attracted to men and also to women,” Thompson said. “If I bring a woman home, [or] a man, we don’t even have to have the discussion,” she added. Thompson’s family is supportive, but she’s aware that’s a privilege. “That was something I was conscientious of in terms of this declaration around Janelle and myself,” she said. “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?”

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