Queen Latifah’s public declaration for her partner, Eboni Nichols, and son, Rebel, was one of the highlights of the 2021 BET Awards.

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The New Jersey native was honored with the lifetime achievement award and she finally addressed her long-questioned sexuality during her acceptance speech.

“Eboni, my love,” the rapper turned actor said touching her heart in salute to her longtime partner of almost a decade. “Rebel, my love,” she added, acknowledging their son that the couple reportedly welcomed together in 2019.


“Peace — happy Pride!” Queen Latifah exclaimed while concluding her speech.

The Equalizer star is notoriously private and swerved questions about her homosexuality in the past.

“I don’t have a problem discussing the topic of somebody being gay, but I do have a problem discussing my personal life,” Latifah insisted during an interview with the New York Times in 2008. 

“I don’t feel like I need to share my personal life, and I don’t care if people think I’m gay or not. Assume whatever you want,” she went on. “You do it anyway.”

Check out Queen Latifah’s BET lifetime achievement award acceptance speech below:

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