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Tessa Thompson Just Came Out, Saying She's Attracted To Men And Women

"I want everyone else to have that freedom and support that I have from my loved ones,” she said.

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Tessa Thompson publicly stated that she's "attracted to men and also to women" in a new Net-a-Porter profile.

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This comes after lots of speculation on her sexuality following her roles as Janelle Monáe's love interest and clitoris in the music videos for "Make Me Feel" and "Pynk."

Thompson talked about the acceptance in her family around sexuality. "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. "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.”

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For now, though, Thompson is staying vague about those rumors surrounding her and Monáe.

“That was something I was conscientious of in terms of this declaration around Janelle and myself. I want everyone else to have that freedom and support that I have from my loved ones,” she 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?”
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“That was something I was conscientious of in terms of this declaration around Janelle and myself. I want everyone else to have that freedom and support that I have from my loved ones,” she 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?”

Monáe also recently came out in a Rolling Stone profile, saying that she is a "queer black woman in America," and that she has identified as both bisexual and pansexual.

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“We love each other deeply,” Thompson said of Monáe. “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.”

“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 added.
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“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 added.

Thompson noted that around the release of Monáe's album Dirty Computer, she'd get text messages from friends saying the singer inspired them to come out. “I think that work is really helping people and probably saving some lives," she said.

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You can read Thompson's full interview here.