Queen Latifah’s public statement to her partner, Eboni Nichols, and their son, Rebel, was one of the highlights of the 2021 BET Awards.
The New Jersey native was honored with the lifetime achievement award and finally addressed her long-questioned sexuality during her acceptance speech.
“Eboni, my love,” said the rapper-turned-actor touching his heart in greeting to his partner of nearly a decade. “Rebel, my love,” she added, acknowledging her son that the couple reportedly welcomed together in 2019.
“Peace – Happy pride!” Queen Latifah exclaimed at the conclusion of her speech.
The Equalizer star is notoriously private and deflected questions about his homosexuality in the past.
“I have no problem discussing the issue of someone being gay, but I do have trouble talking about my personal life,” Latifah insisted during an interview with him. New York Times in 2008.
“I don’t feel the need to share my personal life and I don’t care if people think I’m gay or not. Assume what you want, “he continued.” You do it anyway.
Check out Queen Latifah’s BET Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech below: