Media Take Out has reported in the past that actress Cynthia Erivo and Lena Waithe appeared to be dating, Well now the couple has decided to come out publicly, during Pride month.
After two years of speculation, Lena Waithe, 38, and Cynthia Erivo, 35, have confirmed the rumors that they’re dating. According to online reports, the pair showed up to the Alvin Ailey Spirit Gala together last Thursday night (Jun.16).
While the alleged couple took pictures separately on the red carpet, multiple sources spotted them walking hand in hand into the auditorium at the Lincoln Center.
The Chicago native and the British actress first sparked dating rumors back in 2020 after being spotted at several red carpet events together. Despite the speculation, they never acknowledged the status of their relationship.
But now that it’s Pride month, the couple decided to officially “come out.”
Lena Waithe is an actress, producer, and screenwriter. She is the creator of the Showtime drama series The Chi (2018–present) and the BET comedy series Boomerang (2019–20) and Twenties (2020–present). She also wrote and produced the crime film Queen & Slim (2020) and is the executive producer of the horror anthology series Them (2021–present).
Waithe gained recognition for her role in the Netflix comedy-drama series Master of None (2015–present) and became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 2017 for writing the show’s “Thanksgiving” episode, which was loosely based on her personal experience of coming out to her mother. She has also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s 2018 adventure film Ready Player One and the HBO series Westworld.
Cynthia Erivo is an English actress, singer, and songwriter. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a Daytime Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, and a Tony Award, in addition to nominations for two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
She gained recognition for starring in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple from 2015 to 2017, for which she won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Erivo ventured into films in 2018, playing roles in the heist film Widows and the thriller Bad Times at the El Royale. For her portrayal of American abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the biopic Harriet (2019), Erivo received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress; she also wrote and performed the song “Stand Up” on its soundtrack, which garnered her a nomination in the Best Original Song category.
On television, Erivo had her first role in the British series Chewing Gum (2015). She went on to star in the crime drama miniseries The Outsider (2020), and received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her portrayal of American singer Aretha Franklin in National Geographic’s anthology series Genius: Aretha (2021).