The queen is beaming with pride.
During her crowning as Dean for Lifetime Achievement at the 2021 BET Awards on Sunday, voluptuous Queen Latifah finally addressed her long questioned sexual orientation.
“Peace – happy pride! Exclaimed Latifah – real name Dana Owens – in the closing remarks of her acceptance speech.
The Grammy-winning diva then made one of her first public statements of affection to longtime partner in nearly a decade, Eboni Nichols.
“Eboni, my love,” said Latifah, 51, touching her heart in tribute to Nichols, 43.
“Rebel, my love,” she added, warmly greeting the son she and Nichols would have welcomed together in 2019.
Latifah has cleverly evaded investigations into her sexuality since storming the pop culture continuum as an activist mic mistress with the classic hip-hop track “Ladies First” in 1989.
Over the years, the New Jersey-born, Golden Globe-winning musician has refused to confirm or deny suspicions about her homosexuality.
“I have no problem discussing the subject of someone who is gay, but I have a problem discussing my personal life,” Latifah insisted in an interview with The New York Times in 2008.
“You don’t understand that part of me,” the “Equalizer” star continued.
“I don’t feel like I have to share my personal life, and I don’t care whether people think I’m gay or not. Take what you want, ”she continued. “You do it anyway.”
Nichols is a former Los Angeles Lakers Girl dancer who now works as a professional choreographer on major Hollywood productions like the feature film “Girls Trip” and the ABC comedy “Fresh Off the Boat”. She and Latifah reportedly met on the set of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2009, but they didn’t begin their ultra-private relationship until 2013.
In 2015, Silent Honeys were seen smiling and tanned in bikinis on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
Rumors that the Queen had asked for Nichols’ hand in marriage circulated in 2017.
However, neither has ever officially confirmed their engagement.
But Latifah’s recent expression of pride and unabashed love was enough to make social media romantics soar.
Representatives for Queen Latifah did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.