Queen Latifah to marry longterm partner


This week’s National Enquirer states that Queen Latifah plans to marry her partner of five years, personal trainer Jeannette Jenkins, after the groundbreaking ruling in California that legalized same-sex marriages. Latifah has been notoriously tight-lipped about her relationship with Jenkins, and told Ebony Magazine that she was not going to comment on the rumor that Jenkins was her girlfriend. She didn’t deny it, she just got annoyed that someone even asked her the question:

“No comment on that at all. I’m done commenting on all that … It’s ridiculous, I know me and that’s all I need to know.

“And if the readers don’t know me, then that’s one part they aren’t going to get to know. Those are my people but they don’t sleep with me,” she says in a very even tone that is very consistent with her relaxed mood. “It feels so invasive. It’s the one thing I don’t think people need to know about.”

[From Ebony, October 2007 via Jasmyne Cannick]

And she told Essence in September, 2006 ” “If I’m not going to tell you what guy I’m dating, I sure wouldn’t tell you I’m dating a girl.”

So if this is true, it’s a big step for Latifah, who’s never even mentioned Jeannette. She has a lot of high-profile endorsement contracts as well as her movie career, so maybe she fears a backlash if she comes out or just doesn’t think it’s anyone’s business. The Enquirer points out that Jeanette isn’t out, either, and that she “previously denied being gay and once claimed to be engaged to a man.”

In September of last year, Latifah bought Jeannette a new car, a Range Rover she had delivered to surprise her at a restaurant where they were having lunch.

The two are said to be “planning an intimate ceremony with close family and friends,” according to The Enquirer. Latifah has said she would like to adopt a child, particular an American baby, and this may be the first step toward showing her commitment to Jeannette and to providing a stable home life. Congratulations to Latifah and Jeanette if this is true.

 

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  1. headache says:

    This rumor crops up every couple months or so. Who’s to say it’s any more true this time than it was before?

  2. geronimo says:

    Does it matter? She’s not Lohan, whoring out and trading on her sexuality for publicity.

    Refusing to comment just confirms that she sees her own sexuality as a completely personal thing – as it should be – and of zero importance to who she is and how she’s perceived publicly.

    When will someone’s sexuality not be a big deal? :roll:

  3. Meredith says:

    Disregard the coming-out issue. She’s getting married! Congratulations to them!

  4. CB Rawks says:

    Just love her! She’s awesome.

  5. kate says:

    i respect anyone in hollywood who doesn’t pimp their relationship out for the press. hello, heidi and spencer!

  6. dianna wells shire says:

    Congrats to anyone who can find love. I wish them the very best.
    Dianna Wells Shire, author “The Ordinary Life of a Miltary Woman”

  7. pinknblack says:

    “Groundbreaking ruling?”

    Oh, darling Americans. Take a peak at the Western-European legislation on same-sex marriage and partnerships.

    You’re all only just catching up.

  8. I don’t blame her for denying what’s going on in her personal life. Besides, she’s not selling her personal life to the highest bidder.

    p.s.-Spencer and Heidi are some really annoying individuals…

  9. lola lola says:

    The Queen is gay? No surprise there and yes, echoing everyone else–so what? She’s met someone, she’s now in a relationship and she’s happy–What more can you wish someone?

  10. Congrats Queen! She is one classy lady. She deserves all the best.

    :D

  11. janica_21 says:

    hu cares! love her though.. she’s a talented actress, goodluck to both of them… 8O

  12. Sunshine says:

    If she is cool, if she isn’t cool do people really care. I am happy for any person finding love because as everyone knows it is not an easy thing to do. Congratulations Queen Jersey Stand Up :mrgreen:

  13. Banana Boat says:

    It would seriously be a disappointment if she did have a backlash in coming out. But then again.. I think at this point it is much like Jody Foster’s situation was: people assumed but didn’t say anything.

    I always liked her, thought she was a positive public personality and I LOVED her in that movie she was in with Steve Martin..what was it called? Bringing Down the House? Too lazy to go to imdb. She’s great. And congratulations and all of that.

  14. vdantev says:

    I presume Jeanette’s on top in this relationship ? :lol:

  15. Grettm says:

    EVERYONE IN HOLLYWOOD IS GAY!!!

  16. Kristin says:

    That’s wonderful if she is. Lovely to see another/fellow lesbian.

  17. Lunachick says:

    She was fantastic in Chicago, too!

    I love Latifah, she just seems like a really neat woman all around.

  18. CandyKay says:

    I don’t agree that it “doesn’t matter.” Somewhere, some young hip-hop lesbian will see what Latifah does and realize she’s okay, that there’s hope for her even in a homophobic culture, that she, too, can marry the girl of her dreams. I think that’s very important, particularly when the celebrity is someone like Latifah, a clean-living, positive-thinking person who can really claim to be a role model. And she’s a beautiful woman, as well.

  19. cheryl says:

    If she is gay, that’s her personal preference and therefore her personal business. Hope she is happy with whomever she has found love with.

  20. lee says:

    I AM VERY HAPPY FOR THE QUEEN,HAVING AGAY SON I WISH HE WOULD FIND LOVE AND HAPPINESS IN HIS LIFE ,HE TRULY DESERVRES IT, I AM VERY PROUD TO HAVE A GAY SON,LOVE YOU SON LIKE NO OTHER

  21. Nani says:

    LET IT BE, LET IT BE(John Lennon words)
    I would hate to have everyone nosing in on my private life, let alone my sexual life. She is a great person and let her love who she wishes !!!
    Go for yours girl. :mrgreen:

  22. kazzie says:

    Good for her, go girlfriend!!!! :lol:

  23. mrgoalong says:

    Now thats a shame cause I know its alot of men who have had a crush on her for years then to find out that shes gay thats a slap in the face but after all these years that makes sense cause she was never around any men that seemed to want to her king. So much respect handle your business queen.

  24. crazy cajun says:

    Is everyone on here gay? Marriage should be between 1 man and 1 woman not 2 men and not 2 women that’s gross! If you accept gay marriage and ur supposedly straight you are gay and just not saying!!!!!!

  25. mE says:

    omg i had no idea she was gay!!

  26. darla adams says:

    If it is a personal thing, why is everyone going public?? Confusing. Sexual preference is private and should remain so, whether you are straight or gay.

  27. The Nati says:

    Congrads I’m happy for her, she’s positive and still a role model :lol: :lol:

  28. ck says:

    The Queen just rocks!

    If she wants to keep her private life private, good for her.

    Same with Jodie, by the way.

    There are enough celebrities out there who just can’t shut up about their lives.

  29. Wendy says:

    I don’t think any of us should have to declare our sexuality. When a public figure who appears to have a stable, healthy relationship does come out we are affected as a collective in very positive ways. I’m thankful we are then seen as more than a twisted subculture.

  30. sheshlee says:

    I AM HAPPY FOR THEM BOTH!!! SHE IS A GREAT PERSON AND HAVE SEEN HER A COUPLE OF TIMES IN THE RESTUARANT THAT I WORK IN. DOWN TO EARTH FOR SURE AND DOESN’T “USE” HER CAREER TO MAKE HER SEEM TO BE ANY BETTER THEN ANYONE ELSE. YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE AND I AM HAPPY FOR THE BOTH OF YOU. BEST WISHES AND CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Sapphire says:

    I love the queen, and I’m so happy for her. We all deserve to find some happiness in our lifetime. Come on you people who didn’t know that she is gay, were you living under a rock? She has a great career, starting from a rapper to a singer and actress. She is a beautiful woman who represents so well for us big girls. I love the QUEEN!!!! What a woman!!!!!!

  32. Rikki says:

    give the Lady a break, it truly is none of out business who she sleeps with…onl that her movies and her non rap albums are so incredibly beautiful she needs to keep her life private to be able to entertain us. Hell listening to her standard albums of old songs got me thru brain cancer so as far as i am concerned she is a GODDESS and one deserving of our respect and admiration, no other wman in hollywood can match her beauty

  33. Sammy says:

    GOOD FOR QUEEN LATIFAH AKA DANA OWENS. SHE IS ONE HOT BLACK WOMAN, AND ANYONE SHOULD BE HAPPY TO SHARE THEIR LIFE WITH HER!

  34. Mia says:

    It appears AOL is turning into one big rag site. Quoting the National Enquirer the trash picking paper as a source. Wow, no wonder the world is a bit off! If she chooses to keep her private life private and/or her sexuality I say good for her. I don’t want to know and ultimately it is between her and God! TMI on celebs as it is no wonder their loosing their minds! If they are your heroes then check the life you’re living.

  35. Shannon says:

    Queen Latifah is gay. I’m not surprised. :roll:

  36. Karla says:

    I didnt know is was gay!! And as for the jerk that said everyone on here must be gay because if you think marriage between same sex people makes you gay ..thats crap. I am straight and I say good for them.They should have the same legal rights as everyone else. !!

  37. Melinda says:

    Congratulations! I think she is a wonderful person and a fantastic role model with high standards.

    I hope they continue to have a wonderful life together!

  38. Kimberly says:

    You go Girl…
    Heck You are the Bomb. I am so happy for you two if its true. It’s nobodys business if you are a lesbian or not there are a lot of other things out there more important to worry about than someones sexual preference. Like the gas prices who our next president will be ECT. Congrats Queen in all you do. :P

  39. ROBYN says:

    I THINK ANYONE THAT CAN KEEP THE MEDIA OUT OF HER BED THE WAY SHE DID DESERVES AN AWARD. IF THE RUMOR IS TRUE IT JUST PROVES THAT LESBIANS ARE NORMAL FUNCTIONING PEOPLE TOO. GOOD LUCK GUYS. CAJUN, GET OVER YOURSELF.

  40. sahm77 says:

    I agree with Cajun and Geneva…This world is so messed up that everyone seems to go along with this gay/lesbian mess. No matter who okays and approves it…It’s wrong and disgusting…And you can say that I’m judging if you’d like, but I’m just voicing what the Bible says about it…It’s an abomination…This is why Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. This world is in chaos…I have always liked Queen Latifah as a talented and beautiful individual, but I will not continue to support her after finding this out. After reading through the posts, I can not believe and grasp how the majority seem to be ok with this unacceptable way of life.

  41. drm says:

    How original…bring the bible into it. Yup gay people are all doomed and the book of revelations is a warning of the end times to come… :roll:

    You fundies ever heard the expression “Methinks they doth protest too much?” Those of us who have no issues with who and what people chose to do with their sex lives are MUCH less worrying than those of you who are obsessed with it…

    “Judge not assholes lest ye be judged”

  42. TINKERLOVE says:

    Well I`m not judging I`m just pissed off about the whole thing. :x

  43. Patsy says:

    The bible is totally against this type of behavior, and I am too. You guys should be too. Whoever is congrads them. What is this world coming to? An End!!!!!!!!!! GOD hate things of that nature. I’m only speaking what the bible says not JUDGING!! GOD burn a whole city up for this type of behavior.

  44. geronimo says:

    And some of us are totally against your type of behaviour, Patsy.

  45. Kaiser/Devil Hippacrat WTF says:

    Tis’ the Jewish Sabbath, Judgey McGeronimo. She’s already working, thus going to hell. :)

  46. geronimo says:

    :lol: !! Judgey McGeronimo :lol: !

    I’m going to keep this for special occasions. Love it!

  47. Robin Morgan says:

    Queen Latifah what are you thinking about getting married to Jennette i am the one who wants you and be there for you i always wanted you all day long i need you i love you i always love you as you are the only women in my heart and i want my life to be with you so much as you are the one i wanted all the time i love you so much and i want to be with you and i want my life to be with you and i want to get so close to you my love i wanted you.
    Robin Morgan

  48. sanet says:

    queen latifah you go girl i do you baby know one else can not that is you preogative not no body else and you alwayskeep your head up that is your buisness you know people always have something to say to keep up gossip with there stupid a– be bless if it is true are not true.

  49. Liz says:

    I say congrats on your upcoming ceremony…In life we have to learn to please ourselves first.. So I wish you many years of happiness….XOX

  50. Robin Morgan says:

    Queen latifah i like you alot and i want you in my life so will you go out with me like on a date and make out with me i always wanted you all day long and i have feelings for you and i have biggest crush on you forever and i love you more then anything and i want my life to be with you so much and i want to hold you in my arms and i want to be with you sweetheart.
    Robin Morgan :wink: :wink:

  51. Darchase says:

    I am reminded of the phrase “Let My People Go!” made by Moses just before parting the sea and leading his people to freedom. After returning from his trip up the mountain to collect the commandments, he finds the majority of them indulging in sinful and shameless acts. Read The Book and see how the story ends. When are we going to wake up and realize that same sex relationships are abnormal? When Revelations repeats itself!

  52. Larry says:

    Folks, remember one thing: Anything you “endorse” or tolerate you, ultimately, agree with. And what you agree with you will be held accountable for, whether its fornication, adultery, or lesbianism, etc. The Bible states “Though hand join in hand, the guilty will not go unpunished.” There is no “safety” in numbers, or obstinancy.

  53. Evette says:

    Sup Queen,I loved you in all your movies expecially SET IT OFF!girl you was tuff.gurlfriend if you gay or straight it doesn’t matter to me cause you rock!But if you are gay, welcome your one fine ass Queen!

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