After earning her breakthrough with the role of Kari Peterson in the 2009 film Mississippi Damned, Tessa Thompson quickly established herself as one of those Hollywood stars who should not be ignored. She has appeared in films such as Dear White People (2014), Selma (2014), 2015’s Creed (with Micahel B Jordan), where she serenaded the audience with her vocal skills, and the sequel to 2018. Her most discussed role was that of Valkyrie/Scrap dealer 142 in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarök, a role she would later take up again in the highly acclaimed Avengers: Endgame (and in other Marvel films to follow).
It’s not surprising that Time Magazine called her “The superheroine Hollywood has been waiting for” – but this “title”, if you will, referred not only to her ability to portray the character effortlessly but also to her boldness in highlighting the character’s sexuality, which met with controversy. Thompson, who, in addition to acting, has spoken on controversial topics such as homosexuality and feminism, could refer to the sexuality of her Marvel character. Here is a look at the actress’ love life and everything in between.
Tessa Thompson Is Neither Straight Nor Gay
Yes! Meanwhile, she let the cat out of the bag. Thompson himself let the cat out of the bag during an interview in 2018 when she said that she was attracted to men and women. Although this would mean that Thompson is bisexual, the actress pointed out that she does not want to limit herself by calling herself a bisexual woman, as this would also mean that she is restricted to the binary sexuality system for classifying sex. Therefore, the term “gay” would better describe the actress’ sexuality than “bisexual”.
Tessa Thompson’s revelation of sexuality didn’t shock people that much, and that was due to a rather bold tweet she posted a year earlier, in 2017, the same year she played Valkyrie in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok.
Who Has She Dated In The Past?
As much as Tessa has expressed herself about her sexual orientation, she has been less generous with information about those with whom she has been personally involved. It was rumored that she had a relationship with an actor named Ben Crowley, which did not last long before the duo ended the relationship.
The most popular name associated with her in the past was Janelle Monae. Both were first seen in public in 2015, and since then they have remained very close friends who support each other in their professional lives. It’s not surprising that they share each other’s pictures on their social media feeds. Their proximity to the rapper and actress has attracted media attention, especially because Janelle identifies herself as a pansexual. Both were seen together in public separately, with Tessa appearing on Janelle’s music videos for her album Dirty Computer. In the video for the title Pynk, Tessa was prominently featured.
When she was urged in an interview to confirm the status of her relationship with Janelle Monae, Tessa said it was not her responsibility to confirm the speculation. However, she used interesting phrases such as “We love each other deeply”, “We vibrate on the same frequency”, which further fuelled speculation that they had more than just a platonic friendship. She repeated that she and Janelle were, in fact, private individuals who preferred to keep their personal affairs away from the prying eyes of the public. She said this would not stop her from advocating for LGBT issues.
As the relationship lacked definition, it was quite impossible to tell whether they had broken up or were still together.
Relationship with Dev Hynes
Tessa was only in the news at the beginning of 2019 because of her alleged relationship with the musician Dev Hynes. The paparazzi team watched them spend a lot of time together on the streets of New York.
When two adults start performing together in public frequently, it’s natural for people to suggest that they share something special. Tessa and Dev were seen at the Sundance Film Festival holding hands, cuddling up and making themselves comfortable, further fueling speculation that something is developing between the two. Typical of Tessa Thomspon, she has yet to put the rumors to rest or confirm them.