Queen Latifah finally made a public confirmation of her long speculated sexual orientation and relationship. She shared her love for her partner during the thanking speech at BET Awards on June 27. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday and went on to thank the important people in her life. Latifah thanked her “sisters in the name of rap” — Lil’ Kim, MC Lyte, Monie Love, and Rhapsody. They performed Latifah’s biggest hits as a tribute to her, celebrating a multi-decade career. The rapper, actress, and musician has been very private and reserved about her relationship over the years. So this was a major thing for her, making her sexual orientation public for the first time. Continue to read to learn more about who Queen Latifah has been dating and her relationship.
Queen Latifah is a famous singer, songwriter, actress, rapper, and producer. Her creative output has enveloped quite a diverse set of fields. She is one of the biggest names in the women’s rap industry. She has been hip-hop’s feminist pioneer, having made songs about women’s struggles and issues. Her contribution to the awareness of women’s dire issues has been very significant. She has been a strong female voice in the rap game and championed women’s rights throughout her career. With her public nod to her relationship with her partner, she’s now empowering LGBTQIA+ people as well. Let’s now delve into the details of the BET award speech where Latifah confirmed her relationship.
Who Is Queen Latifah Dating?
Queen Latifah started dating choreographer Eboni Nichols back in 2013, but never officially announced it. Latifah’s dating life and sexuality has been subject to much gossip and speculations over the years. She has been notably opposed to the idea of sharing her personal or dating life. In a 2008 interview she did with New York Times, she refused to comment on her sexuality.”I don’t have a problem discussing the topic of somebody being gay, but I do have a problem discussing my personal life…you don’t get a part of me, sorry… we’re not discussing it in our meetings…I don’t feel like I need to share my personal life, and I don’t care if I’m gay or not… assume whatever you want…you do it anyway,” she said in the interview. BET Awards was the first time Queen Latifah came out and publically confirmed her relationship.
At the BET Awards, Latifah thanked her family and friends as well as her inspirations. “I wanted to celebrate us, because I know together we stand stronger than when we tear each other apart, and I’ve seen enough of that, so respect to all the female MCs on the stage tonight,” she said, addressing the women rappers. At the end of her speech, she shared her affection for Eboni Nichols, her partner, and their son, Rebel. “Eboni, my love,” she addressed her partner of nearly a decade. She then addressed her son she welcomed with Nichols, “Rebel, my love.” Her closing remarks were wishing Happy Pride to everyone.
Who Is Eboni Nichols?
Eboni Nichols is a dancer and choreographer, having worked with some of the biggest celebrities. She has worked in many films, TV shows, and commercials. She has choreographed music videos for artists like Beyonce, JLo, and Will Smith, among others. Nichols was born in the U.S. in 1978. Growing up in Eagle, Ada, she started dancing at the young age of eight. She attended high school at Valley View High School in Moreno Valley. After that, she went to the Chapman University in Orange, California. She graduated from there with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre & Dance. Having a strong passion for dancing, she decided to pursue it. Following her graduation, she became a part of the famous cheerleading group, “Los Angeles Laker Girls.” This was a stepping stone and the push for her to proceed forward with a dancing career.
Being in the cheerleading group, she got to learn a lot and about the dancing world. Post-graduation, she started touring with several dancing troupes. This eventually paved way for her to one day work with the likes of Beyonce. She also worked with Aaliyah, Will Smith, and Mary J. Blige, among other celebrities. However, her big breakthrough came when she started getting offers for choreographing commercials and TV shows. Choreographing the commercials, she has worked for Apple, McDonald’s, Burger King, Walgreens, etc. Her choreography has led him to work in tv shows like American Idol, American Music Awards, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Good Morning America, Jane the Virgin, Fresh Off the Boat, The Today Show, etc. She is one of the biggest dance choreographers out there, having choreographed for TV shows and films. She made news when Queen Latifah began dating her back in 2013.
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