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Niecy Nash and Wife Proud to Be ‘Making Herstory’ as the First Same-Sex Couple to Appear on Cover of Essence

Nash referred to her and her wife, Jessica Betts, as The Betts

By |2022-02-28T16:10:46-05:00February 25th, 2022|Entertainment, National, News|

Actress Niecy Nash and her singer-wife Jessica Betts will become the first same-sex couple to grace the cover of “Essence” magazine in the upcoming March/April issue.

“Making H E R S T O R Y,” Nash posted on her Instagram. “Thank you @essence for choosing The Betts as your FIRST same sex couple to cover you [sic] magazine!”


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On Twitter, Nash, who is currently appearing in the final season of the TNT series “Claws,” wrote, “ALL BLACK EVERYTHING🖤👊🏽Black Love. Black Magazine Black Designer. Black Glam. Black Stylist Ending #BlackHerstory month with a bang! 💥 @Essence.”

Nash made a big splash in the summer of 2020 when she married Betts in a surprise move. Nash, previously married to men twice, had never before made public her attraction to women or identified herself as having a sexual orientation other than straight.

“A lot of people thought it was like a movie or some promo,” Nash told “Essence” about the buzz surrounding her wedding announcement. “They started calling everybody, and we were like, ‘This is insane.’ I never knew why where you lay your head is such a big deal to other people. I was like, ‘People care?’”

But people, of course, do care and many were pleasantly surprised. Nash certainly didn’t mention anything about liking women when she spoke to Pride Source’s Chris Azzopardi in 2017, when she was still married to Jay Tucker.

Nash did, however, offer comment when asked who in Hollywood she’d hypothetically be into. 

“Katy Perry because Katy Perry is friggin’ adorable and fun and funny and pretty and powerful,” she said. “Then I would probably have to say Queen Latifah and Judy Reyes, who plays Quiet Ann [on ‘Claws’].”

About the Author:

Jason A. Michael is senior staff writer for Between The Lines and the Pride Source Media Group. He has been writing for the paper since 1999. Jason is also an Essence bestselling author. He may be reached at [email protected].
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