Lupita Addresses Rumours About Her Relationship With Janelle Monae
The two have been friends since they met at the Met Gala in 2014, when Nyong’o was a newcomer to the entertainment scene and had just won an Oscar for her performance in “12 Years a Slave.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Nyong’o recalled that Monáe was one of the first people to reach out to her after she won the Oscar. “She came up to me and just hugged me,” Nyong’o said. “She was just like, ‘I’m proud of you, and just thank you for being you.'”
Nyong’o said that she understands why people may have interpreted their friendship as something more. “I think that’s what makes her interesting as an artist,” Nyong’o said. “She’s so open and honest about who she is, and I think that’s something that people really connect with.”
Nyong’o and Monáe have continued to be friends in the years since they met. They have collaborated on several projects, including the music video for Monáe’s song “Pynk.” In 2018, Nyong’o was a presenter at the Grammy Awards, where Monáe won Best Urban Contemporary Album for her album “Dirty Computer.”
While Nyong’o and Monáe have never confirmed that they are romantically involved, they have never denied it either. In a 2018 interview with The Guardian, Monáe said that she is “not afraid to be who I am.” She added that she is “not a cookie-cutter person,” and that she “doesn’t fit into a box.”
Nyong’o has also spoken out about the importance of representation in Hollywood. In a 2015 interview with The New York Times, she said that she is “proud to be a part of a generation of women who are breaking down barriers.” She added that she is “hopeful that we can continue to make progress in terms of representation.”
Nyong’o and Monáe are two of the most visible and outspoken women in Hollywood. They are both role models for young people, and they are both using their platforms to promote diversity and inclusion.