​Rumors have been swirling, to say the least, of actress Tessa Thompson's involvement with pop-star Janelle Monáe ever since the pair have been seen often together, and especially since Thompson appeared all throughout Monáe's "​emotion picture," a 48-minute music video for her latest album, Dirty Computer.


Janelle Monáe came out as pansexual, or as she told ​Rolling Stone, "a free ass-motherf**ker," on the record, and a new feature with ​Net-A-Porter showed her co-star and rumored flame Tessa Thompson opening up about her sexuality as well.

“This is not just a job, this is my life,’ Thompson declared. “So, I’m like, how do I want to spend it? What do I want my story to be?” She most recently portrayed the mixed-race and bisexual Marvel hero ​Valkyrie on the big screen in Thor: Ragnarok, and just finished filming the sequel to Creed with Michael B. Jordan.


Thompson spoke about her involvement with Monáe's Dirty Computer, stating, "I get text messages from friends that are like, ‘Would you please let Janelle know I came out to my family because of her?’" 


"I think that work is really helping people and probably saving some lives," she continued. "I am so proud to have been involved."

Talking about the singer behind the music however, Thompson was a bit more secretive, expressing that "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."


“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 explained. "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.”

“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,” Thompson continued. “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?”


“We love each other deeply,” she reveals about her relationship with 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 is unclear when Thompson will return to her role as Valkyrie, but with her character being a massive ​fan favorite, she's sure to play her once again.


Her new film, Sorry to Bother You, co-starring Atlanta's Lakeith Stanfield and Call Me By Your Name's Armie Hammer, hits theaters on July 6th.