We love us some Niecy Nash. 

In a brand new interview with Ellen, the Emmy-winning actress spoke about her marriage to singer songwriter Jessica Betts, referring to her as her “hersband”.

“You called her my wife, I lovingly call her my “hersband”,” the Claws actress said.

She then went on to talk about her sexuality and the response to her surprise marriage.

“A lot people say that, like ‘oh you came out’ and I say ‘well from out of where?” she said. “I wasn’t anywhere to come out of. I wasn’t living a sexually repressed life when I was married to men, I just loved them when I loved them, and now I love her.”

Nash also opened up how her daughter sat her down to watch a program discussing different sexual identities.

“My daughter, the youngest one, she made me sit down to watch a program, she said ‘mom you need to know how you identify’ I said ‘I do?’.

“We watched this whole thing and it was a thousand different things you could have called your self, but when I got through watching it she was like ‘well what are you?’ I said ‘Confused? I more confused than ever’.

“I was like ‘I don’t know, I’m Black and I’m your momma go sit down.”


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Last year, Nash told People: “[My marriage] has absolutely nothing to do with gender and it has everything to do with her soul. She is the most beautiful soul I have ever met in my life.”

Along with discussing her sexuality, Nash discussed the beginning of their relationship.

“We were probably friends for about four and half years, I was already divorced and we were still friends and we went to go eat crabs,” she explained.

The two then poked fun that their crab dinner and how it was the gateway to their romantic relationship.

Nash and Jessica tied the knot back in 2020 with a private ceremony.

Her Instagram post broke the internet, with their nuptials attracting praise from stars such as Chika, Halle Berry, Angelica Ross, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Mock, Jordin Sparks, Mindy Kaling, Olivia Munn, Uzo Aduba, Taraji P. Henson and Sarah Paulson.

Watch the full Ellen interview below.