Lupita Nyong’o Responds To Janelle Monae Dating Rumors

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Lupita Nyong’o shuts down rumors that she and Janelle Monae are dating.

Lupita and Janelle reportedly grew closer back in 2014 at the Met Gala. They’ve maintained a relationship over the years- which caused recent speculations of dating.

During a recent interview, Lupita says she can understand why fans would assume the two are an item. “[Janelle Monáe] has magnetism that they were obviously picking up on. She is that enigmatic. People are curious about enigmatic people.”

She continued, “It’s built into her spirit. Her openness creates intimacy onscreen. It’s really cool to see her move from one thing to another and do it with such mastery. … Just because you’re a close friend of hers doesn’t mean you get to know everything about her. I think that’s what makes her interesting as an artist.”

 Lupita, however, is in a relationship with TV host Selema Masekela. The two met in 2016 and made their relationship Instagram official back in December.