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!
My theory is that Tessa Thompson and Janelle Monáe broke up and are both trying to make the other jealous with Lupita Nyongo.
— bianca (@hot_funny_smart) May 8, 2019
Instead, keen-eyed fans noticed that Monáe was cozying up to Nyong’o in an Instagram Live video from another Met Gala attendee:
I got too many friends who would stab me if I didn’t share this….
Image: Lupita Nyong’o and Janelle Monae dancing@Skinnybtch9 @98nemraK @dragon_emrys @amethyst1 @DayAlMohamed pic.twitter.com/3KptgbkXhQ
— Philip Jean-Pierre (Table S-14 at AwesomeCon DC) (@PJPDesigns) May 9, 2019
They were filmed dancing together at the after party, too:
lord janelle monae is such a zaddy…
do you see all that energy she giving lupita?!pic.twitter.com/0gVRkoeeAR
— DDD (@tinycombatboots) May 8, 2019
Needless to say, queer women on Twitter were not prepared:
me every minute of every day for the rest of my life thinking about janelle monáe and lupita nyong’o pic.twitter.com/NwHmNNDSP0
— aryahive (@floleontines) May 8, 2019
Ok but are we gonna talk about JANELLE MONAE AND LUPITA NYONG’O pic.twitter.com/SsXTY0Nttr
— legume lesbian (@beckofergecko) May 9, 2019
Janelle Monae and Lupita are always flirting and I am always turned on by it. pic.twitter.com/HZaxsj1zan
— nik if ya nasty (@Deviant_Phoenix) May 8, 2019
i’m so glad i’m living at the same time as tessa thompson, janelle monae and lupita nyong’o pic.twitter.com/RJkFlJ7Ajz
— erica loves carol danvers (@lostindaya) May 8, 2019
everyone say thank you Janelle Monae and Lupita Nyong’o
— ⚡ (@bastardkiin) May 7, 2019
I’ve never seen anything excite and unify queers quite like this news.
I’m fairly sure that Janelle and Lupita are now the benevolent and eternal Queens of All Queers.
I, for one, excitedly pledge my fealty. https://t.co/T70Q74Y0dx
— Mari Brighe (@MariBrighe) May 10, 2019
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?