*Mo’Nique tearfully explains in her new Netflix stand-up comedy special “My Name Is Mo’Nique” why she hid her sexuality from her religious grandmother.
Mo says she “felt cowardly” that she was unable to keep it real with her grandmother before she passed away, Ace Showbiz reports.
“I couldn’t tell my grandmother who her granddaughter really was,” she confessed.
“I adored how she adored me. When we would walk into the store, if I was on a magazine cover, she made sure everybody in that fucking store knew that I was her grandchild, and I was her prize,” the Oscar-winning actress shared.
Actress/comedian Mo’Nique performs at her Spread The Love Tour at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 2, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage)
“So I couldn’t tell my grandmother my secret thoughts and my fantasies because I didn’t want her to love me privately, and I did not want her to leave this Earth thinking that she was a failure. Because had I told her my secret thoughts, she would have left thinking she had failed,” Mo explained.
“But I kept that secret, and I promised myself I wouldn’t ever tell anyone that. I would take that to my grave, because I saw how they treated the people in my family with that disease – because they made us believe it was a disease,” she said.
“The Reading” star said she finally opened up about her same-sex desires to her husband Sidney Hicks. She explained, “I’m so scared, because I’m saying, ‘Please, when I tell you, don’t walk away from me – because it’ll take my breath away. But I gotta tell you, because you know me, you know when something ain’t right?’ And something hasn’t been right for years.”
“But because I’m a celebrity, a star, I could mask it. I could mask it with my pretty things. But that night, the mask had to come off,” she added. “I said, ‘daddy, I want to be with another woman sexually,’ and he looked at me so beautifully and so patient and so loving and said, ‘B***h, me too.’ “
Mo’Nique makes clear in the special that she is “not all the way” lesbian.
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