Rumored To Be Dating Women; Is Missy Elliot Lesbian?
Melissa Arnette Elliott, also known as Missy Elliot, is an American Rapper known for raising her voice towards the inclusivity of gay people. Because of her approaches towards the Queer community, she has been speculated to be a part of the community.
A Hush Dating Life
The famous rapper seems to keep a shallow profile with her personal life. None of her relationship rumors have been proven accurate, as most are of her dating women.
Though it might have been tiring for the 50-year-old to debunk all the rumors, thankfully, she rarely had to do one.
Eliott had been rumored to be dating Keri Hilson, who is an R&B singer. However, the rumor that spread like wildfire was quickly put down by Keri Hilson when she tweeted how the two haven't even met properly.
But this was not the end of her linking with women. The 50 year old was rumored to be married to her alleged girlfriend Sharaya J, a singer, but the witty rapper missed no time clearing the air. She wittily responded to the rumors saying,
“I will say this once I am NOT Married!!! Now 4 the ppl who don’t have time Gossip May U have a Blessed Money Making Weekend!,”
And rumors like these have never stopped for the 50-year-old. A few years back the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Eva Marcille had to come forward to clear the air of her relationship with Missy where she said,
“Let me clear this all the way up. I’ve never dated women, I never dated Missy, I never dated any of these people, they’re my friends.”
Even though the media and people might like to spread rumors of the 50-year-old linking with women, none of the rumors are true. But there are also no reports of the rapper dating men either.
Therefore, while it is understandable why she is rumored to be lesbian, it is also baseless for us to label her as one.
But this has not stopped people from making their own speculations. People feel that her music speaks of her sexuality for itself as she brings the essence of inclusivity on her music.
An Idol For Gay/Lesbian Artists
Missy has always been vocal about gay people, but she accepts that the LBTQIA+ people have been struggling to impact the rap business.
She mentioned in an early 2000s interview that the hip-hop industry would never accept gay people. Although recent years have not been any easier for the LBTQIA+ community, she has made a mark among various gay artists.
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Further, famous author and lecturer Dr. Nikki Lane also mentioned Missy as an icon for the gay and lesbian artists in her article Black Women Queering the Mic: Missy Elliott Disturbing the Boundaries of Racialized Sexuality and Gender published in the Journal of Homosexuality.
Gets Her Doctorate; Teases New Project
Missy's status as Rap legend solidified when she got awarded the honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music on 11th May 2019.
Fellow musicians Alex Lacamoire and Justin Timberlake were also the recipients of the very honor at the same event.
A highly enthused Missy took to Twitter to celebrate her latest mantel. In the video, she dances as she points to her diploma. Responding to the news, rap fans and her counterparts immediately flocked to her feed with congratulatory messages.
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In mid-April 2019, the Lose Control hitmaker opened up about her next big project in almost 14 years. Per her Instagram post, she had been working on it since 2018.
A week after announcing her "next project," Missy hit the headlines for donating $25 thousand to the students at Woodrow Wilson High School, her alma mater. The charity work was a commemorative offering before her performance at Something In The Water Music Festival.