No mystery here: Lupita Nyong’o is a fan of Janelle Monáe.
The Oscar winner and the Glass Onion star have been BFFs since first meeting at the 2014 Met Gala, sparking romance rumors with their close friendship over the years. Though Lupita is currently dating boyfriend Selema Masekela, she can totally see why people shipped the two as a couple.
“She has magnetism that they were obviously picking up on,” Lupita told Rolling Stone in its new cover story about Janelle, who came out as pansexual in 2018. “She is that enigmatic. People are curious about enigmatic people.”
Noting that she was “not surprised” by the dating speculation, Lupita continued, “I don’t mind being associated with her in any capacity.”
In fact, the Black Panther actress couldn’t help but to gush over the multi-hyphenate for being “extremely gifted.”
“It’s built into her spirit,” she said. “Her openness creates intimacy onscreen. It’s really cool to see her move from one thing to another and do it with such mastery.”