Tessa Thompson had to wait a while for her big break in Hollywood, but when it arrived, she took it with both hands. Thompson started out in the theater in 2002, before making her television debut in a 2005 episode of Cold Case.

She then landed the regular role of Jackie Cook in the second season of the drama series, Veronica Mars. Tessa went on to appear in shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Hidden Palms, Private Practice, Detroit 187, 666 Park Avenue, and Heroes.

In 2010, Tessa directly approached Tyler Perry to be cast in his adaptation of the play For Colored Girls. In 2014, she appeared in the films Dear White People and the Martin Luther King biopic Selma. In 2015, Tessa landed a role in the Rocky sequel Creed. A year later, Thompson joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe when she played the role of Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok.

Throughout her career, Tessa has gained a reputation for being secretive about her personal life. She rarely gives anything away about her relationships. It has led people to wonder whether she is married.

We can confirm that Tessa is currently single. Keep reading to discover more about her relationships.

She credits her upbringing for allowing her to embrace her sexuality

Tessa Thompson

Thompson was raised by a black Panamanian father and a half-Mexican, half-White mother. Her dad moved to New York when she was seven, and she spent her vacations there. She lived and schooled in Los Angeles, and it caused her to develop thick skin because of the constant bullying in school.

Tessa’s upbringing also contributed to her sexuality. Her parents allowed her to choose her own path, and they were never judgmental. She revealed in an interview with Net-A-Porter;

I can take things for granted because of my family – it’s so free and you can be anything that you want to be. I’m attracted to men and also to women. If I bring a woman home, or a man, we don’t even have to have the discussion.

Tessa had a supportive upbringing, and she wants everyone to experience the kind of love and support she got and continues to get from her family. She continued;

… I want everyone else to have that freedom and support that I have from my loved ones.

She was rumored to be in a relationship with Janelle Monae

Tessa Thompson  and Janelle Monae
Tessa Thompson and Janelle Monae (Photo by J. Countess/Contour by Getty Images)

Before rumors about a relationship between Monae and Tessa started, people considered them to be very close friends. The couple appeared together during events, but no one ever suspected that they were in a relationship. However, it all changed when Monae released the music video for her album Dirty Computer.

Tessa featured heavily on the movie-length music video, and her appearance on the video for the song Pynk raised eyebrows. People began to speculate that something was going on between Tessa and Monae. 

Monae fueled the rumors when she identified as pansexual during a Rolling Stone interview;

“Being a queer black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.

Tessa talked about the rumors in an interview with Net-A-Porter;

It’s tricky, because Janelle and I are just really private people and were both trying to navigate how you reconcile wanting to have privacy and space, and also wanting to use your platform and influence…

Tessa was referring to the need to stay private, but at the same time, try to inspire people to be proud of their sexuality. She stated that she had received a lot of messages from people stating that Janelle’s video helped them come to terms with their sexuality.

Thompson revealed that she didn’t feel the responsibility to confirm whether she was in a relationship with Janelle. She told Net-A-Porter;

So, do I have a responsibility to talk about that? Do I have a responsibility to say in a public space that this is my person?

Tessa didn’t reveal whether she was in a relationship with Monae. However, she stated that they are very close;

We love each other deeply. We’re so close, we vibrate in the same frequency. If people want to speculate about what we are, that’s okay. It doesn’t bother me.