The film delves into Bessie’s relationships with both men and women, giving Queen romantic and sexual scenes with co-star Tika Sumpter, who plays Bessie’s lover, Lucille.
While speculation about Queen Latifah’s sexuality is nothing new and is now treated more as an open secret (she is often out in public holding hands and kissing her partner, Eboni Nichols), it appears that being part of such a queer film about authenticity and embracing who you are is not the platform the artist/actress is using to come out.
she’s “very open” to dating a man who posses the following qualities: “Kindness, compassion and intelligence.” Commenting on the myth of perfect matches in relationships, Patton said: “I think there is probably a perfect match for different times in your life…
Latifah and Nichols were together for more than a year on the heels of Latifah’s 8-year-relationship with previous girlfriend, fitness instructor Jeannette Jenkins.So has their friendship blossomed into something more?Patton also told the outlet, “I am a nurturing and very passionate person love to love and I believe in love so much ... But it feels amazing, so you got to get back up and give it a go again."Now, a separate source close to Latifah told Radar that the two have potential as an item!Although Latifah produced the film and Patton starred in it, Radar has learned that the two ladies have been friends for years!According to another source, the Queen even threw Patton a baby shower years ago for her son, Julian, by ex-husband Robin Thicke.Latifah turned heads when she cozied up to Paula Patton, who starred in the film.But insiders told Radar exclusively that rumors the two could be dating are not totally off the mark..This rumor has gained momentum ever since the pair attended the Hollywood premiere of the film Perfect Match.Though both have strongly denied these rumors, their supposed lesbian affair has been grabbing headlines of late.As Wanda Sykes once joked, “…being an African-American celebrity who’s out, it was like they started treating me like a unicorn. Queen Latifah is one of the most successful and well-recognized black women in America, coming off of her own talk show, producing films with her aforementioned production company, starring in major films, releasing albums and lending her face to brands like Cover Girl. Although Bessie Smith was out to her close friends and family, her sexuality was likely not discussed or acknowledged as bisexual by audiences.The kind of influence she could wield if she did come out would be massive. In her heyday (the 1920s and ’30s), homosexuality might have been accepted in bohemian circuits, but not necessarily a topic of polite conversation, at least not in any kind of public forum.