Are Janelle Monáe and Lupita Nyong'o an Item? An Investigation

Hear that? It's the sound of queer women everywhere shrieking with joy.

Gay Twitter™ is currently ablaze with rumors that Us star Lupita Nyong'o and Dirty Computer mastermind Janelle Monáe are dating.

Though the pair has been friendly for years, the speculation started after Monáe stans noted that the singer-songwriter wasn't attending the 2019 Met Gala with her rumored GF, actress (and "Pynk" music video co-star) Tessa Thompson.


In fact, Monáe and Thompson seemed to be avoiding each other—and Monáe reportedly unfollowed Thompson's Avengers co-star, Brie Larson, on Instagram. Dyke drama!

Instead, keen-eyed fans noticed that Monáe was cozying up to Nyong'o in an Instagram Live video from another Met Gala attendee:

They were filmed dancing together at the after party, too:

Needless to say, queer women on Twitter were not prepared:

So, are Monáe and Nyong'o an item? The jury's still out. Though Nyong'o has never publicly identified as LGBTQ, Monáe famously came out as queer or pansexual in a Rolling Stone interview from 2018.

Never say never! And, for the record? These two queens would make a badass black queer power couple. #Janita, anyone?