Lupita Nyong’o has clarified her “relationship” with Janelle Monáe.
The Oscar winner and the Glass Onion star have been good friends since meeting at the 2014 Met Gala. But then their closeness sparked dating rumors.
Lupita, who is in a relationship with Selema Masekela, says she wasn’t surprised and can understand why people thought they were an item, E News reports.
“I don’t mind being associated with her in any capacity. She has magnetism that they were obviously picking up on,” Lupita told Rolling Stone magazine.
“She is that enigmatic. People are curious about enigmatic people.”
“It’s built into her spirit,” the Black Panther star said, adding that her friend is “extremely gifted.”
“Her openness creates intimacy onscreen. It’s really cool to see her move from one thing to another and do it with such mastery.” But noted, as Janelle’s friend, you’re not going to know everything about her, which makes her interesting.
And Janelle is very protective when it comes to her love life. In 2018, she came out as a pansexual.
“I have a policy and agreement with myself—that is a part of my life that I want to keep private,” the 37-year-old—told Rolling Stone for their new cover based on her. “I can talk about my identity; I can talk about my sexuality. I can talk about all things Janelle Monáe without having to go into detail. You know what I mean? It’s not necessary.”
“I’m not obligated to share my story. Nobody’s obligated.”