Did Queen Latifah dump her girlfriend of 8 years for some jumpoff?


*The above photo is from the US Open, just a few weeks ago. The woman beside Latifah is allegedly named Eboni Nichols.

By most accounts, Queen Latifah was in a very solid, stable relationship with a personal trainer named Jeanette Jenkins. In the past few years, Latifah and Jeanette were even photographed together with more frequency, and there were even reports that Latifah and Jeanette wanted to start a family together. Last year, the two of them even went to Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s wedding, the paparazzi even got photos of Latifah and Jeanette frolicking on a yacht. Like this:


So… sad news. It seems like Latifah and Jeanette have called it quits after eight years together. Worse news: Latifah might have lined up her jumpoff before she and Jeanette were really over. The jumpoff lady is named Eboni Nichols, and Eboni and Latifah have had a close friendship for a while now. She might have been the unidentified woman in last year’s suspicious photos of Latifah in Barcelona. Here’s more from the Enquirer:

After an eight-year relationship, Queen Latifah has split with her lover and is stepping out with her choreographer, say sources. Eboni Nichols is dancing her way into Queen Latifah’s life on the heels of Latifah’s breakup with longtime galpal Jeanette Jenkins.

“Latifah and Jeanette had lots of problems,” said an insider. “Their arguments were tearing them apart. But it was the Queen’s long-time friendship and professional relationship with Eboni that eventually drove a wedge between her and Jeanette. Even though they’ve broken up and gotten back together before, this time it definitely seems like the end.”

Latifah, 41, and Eboni, 33, have been friends since 2009, when Eboni choreographed a guest appearance by the Queen on Dancing with the Stars. Even though Latifah and Jeanette were arm-in-arm at the 2010 BET Awards and the two spent time together that summer on a yacht off the Italian coast, weeks later the Queen and Eboni were together, enjoying a trip to Barcelona, Spain.

Latifah always insisted that she and Eboni were “just friends” – but personal trainer Jeanette was not buying it.

“Needless to say, Jeanette was not very happy about their relationship,” said the source. “And she let Latifah know about it in no uncertain terms.”

Jeanette and Latifah are remaining cordial in the wake of their recent breakup, say sources: “Their relationship had been rocky for a while, and during one of their ‘breaks’ Latifah spent time with Eboni… still, it was hard for her to end her relationship with Jeanette.”

[From The Enquirer, print edition]

It sounds like Latifah was stepping out whenever she and Jeanette were having problems, but I’ll also buy that Latifah and Jeanette were having problems beyond “another woman”. There’s always more to the story. Still, if this is even partially true, I feel like Latifah mistreated Jeanette to a certain extent. Sad.

Here’s a recent photo of Jeanette from a few weeks ago… she’s cute.


More of Latifah and Eboni (allegedly).



Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News, archived Bauer-Griffin photo from 2010.

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27 Responses to “Did Queen Latifah dump her girlfriend of 8 years for some jumpoff?”

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  1. Cindy says:

    I hope this isn’t true. I like her and hope she’s better then your average cheater.

  2. TXCinderella says:

    The Queen can do whatever she wants.

  3. fabgrrl says:

    Sad, but, it happens. People change, relationships change. I’m sure Jeanette will be fine, she is a foxy lady who seems to have a good head on her shoulders.

  4. Jezi says:

    Ugh!! That’s so annoying. I seriously lose respect for people when they cheat. It changes my perception of them.

  5. little girl lost says:

    is it just me or is the Enquirer calling LatifaH’s girlfriend her “longtime galpal” kind of derogatory?

  6. Roma says:

    @little girl lost: I think it’s one of those tricky gray areas Since Queen Latifah has never officially come out.

    Would magazines talk openly about Anderson Cooper’s boyfriend?

    This is a safer term for someone who is publicly protecting their sexual identity.

  7. MikaMoo says:

    her gf is hot… the other one isn’t so much.

  8. LeeLoo says:

    Being that Queen Latifah has kept her sexuality and personal life very private I wouldn’t think it is appropriate for the tabloids to speculate too much on what went down. This is only one account of it and while I would bet this is probably rather accurate (because I am betting the “source” is Jeannette) we don’t know the whole truth behind it because Latifah has been very good about sheltering her personal life.

    Like I said, I think this account is probably close to accurate. But I do think it is sketchy how long these she was with Jeannette and exactly when they broke up.

  9. Lem says:

    I heard ,a LONG time ago, that Jeanette did the dumping. I want to say a year ago I heard they split???
    I think it’s an issue of fluffing a story to run with some pictures they accidentally took.

  10. aenflex says:

    haha @number8 – ‘inappropriate for the tabloids to speculate’ ??? Re-read what you just wrote.

    As for the Queen. I held her high. Maybe the relationship was long overdue to end. Maybe not. Not all infidelity is the same, there are differnent contexts. For all we know the girlfriend may have cheated, or withheld sex, or something.

  11. MJ says:

    I remember a couple of years ago when news that QL is a lesbian broke, and a local daily commuter paper ran the headline, “QUEEN IS A KING!” What the hell was that supposed to mean?!

    I really don’t care when celebrities cheat. Not saying Queen is like this, but most of them are self-centred, egotistical a-holes – one would have to be in order to make it in Hollywood most of the time. Even the “nice” celebs are probably at least a little jerky.

    But yeah, both of her (rumoured) lady friends are super-cute and QL’s back and arms look AMAZING on that yacht! I think she is such a gorgeous woman.

  12. Ari says:

    I will have to concur with @TXCinderella (lol)

  13. Jezi says:

    @aenflex I just want to say, cheating is wrong no matter how you slice it. If her gf was withholding sex then the relationship should end prior to someone deciding to move on.

    • C Robb says:

      Were living n da last dayz people are mimicking each other n stead of following their own heart it’s easy to follow wut erry bdy else doing it takes wrk 2 do wuts rite

  14. Happy21 says:

    LOL, I didn’t even know QF was a lesbian…

    Nonetheless, with any luck she didn’t cheat and can stay good ole nice QF in my mind :-)

  15. bitchbelying says:

    Are we sure that’s Eboni the Jumpoff(allegedly) in both pics Kaiser?..she has some stunnin legs.

    I don’t know..but I wish them all the best.

  16. Truthful says:

    It has been rumored for a long time that Jeanette being a trainer, she really was sick of the Queen’s eating and smoking habits and wanted her to at least TRY to get into better shape.

    I wish I could find the pic of her smoking and wolfing down tequlia w/a side platter of enchiladas, while w Eboni. I think she was smoking a cigar, maybe , LOL

  17. Moreaces says:

    The trainer never seemed that much into Queen, but what do I know

  18. Cinderella says:

    The Queen probably had many opportunities to cheat. She’s rich, famous and attractive. Jeanette’s a pretty girl, too. Eight years in the Queen’s world is a long time. Hope they both move forward peacefully.

  19. Hakura says:

    @Jezi – I agree, about losing respect for people who cheat. We’re all human & make mistakes, but it’s still wrong.

    8 years is a long time to share your life with someone (gay or straight)… People do change, especially as they age & realize they want different things in life. I’m not the same person I was when I graduated highschool in 04′… Far from it, even in terms of personality, & the way I interact with people.

    It really does make me sad for them… Plus they were such a great example of a woman (in the entertainment industry, no less) in a stable loving lesbian relationship. You just don’t see too many ladies that are comfortable enough to go public (not that I could blame them). But it made them great role models for the lesbian community (especially younger women/teenagers struggling with their sexuality). I hope it’s not true, but it’s sounding as though it is.

  20. DarkEmpress says:

    I read that one thing they used to argue about was Queen’s unhealthy lifestyle. Jeannette is very health conscious and wanted Latifah to stop drinking,smoking and eating so unhealthily so they could have a family.

  21. nat says:

    queen is sexy…her new chick is sexy as was jeanette. i’d hate to think that queen is a doggish woman, but i wouldn’t be surprised.

  22. E-Dub says:

    If she is gay,he’ll she does it well. But in movie Set-it -off you could feel the passion ,see the realness in the part she was acting.

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