Rutina Wesley is an American actress born on December 21, 1979, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her roles as Tara Thorton and Nova Bordelon in the HBO television series True Blood and Queen Sugar earned her immense fame and popularity. However, she grabbed headlines when she came out as bisexual and decided to open conversations regarding her sexual orientation.
Did Rutina Wesley Get Married?
In 2005, Wesley got married to her classmate Jacob Fishel from The Juilliard School in NYC. The couple was married for eight long years and parted ways in August 2013 due to irreconcilable differences.
Coming Out Gallantly
In 2017, Wesley uploaded a series of emotional Instagram posts. She came out and revealed her engagement to a New Orleans-based culinary guru, Chef Shonda. She appeared to be Wesley’s fiancée flaunting an engagement ring. Quoting Nabokov’s Lolita, Wesley wrote, “Overthinking is our biggest cause of unhappiness, keep yourself occupied. Keep your mind off things that don’t help you. Think positive.” It had photos of her, with the final picture in the series featuring a diamond ring on her left hand.
The woman tagged in the picture was Lashonda Cross. Hashtags like “the light of my life,” “I love you more than words,” and “She feeds my soul” were used in the post to make it clearer. One could also see other hashtags professing her love for her fiancé.
Who Is Rutina Wesley Dating Currently?
In November 2019, Wesley announced their engagement on her Instagram page. She was flaunting an engagement ring in the picture. Technically this was her first public announcement acknowledging her girlfriend. Unfortunately, this was the last photo of them together. Later, Rutina Wesley removed all posts with images of them together from Instagram.
Opening Up About Rainbow Love
Wesley vehemently stands up for the LGBT community in various public forums. A tweet suggested that Wesley’s character should be written better in Queen Sugar. S/he felt that the character swung both ways (gay to straight). Rutina retweeted, saying, “It’s called Bi-sexuality and you don’t have to like or comment about it.”
Wesley also played plenty of roles where her love interests were both male and female. Before Queen Sugar, she played Tara Thorton in True Blood, who was a bisexual. When asked by an interviewer about her character, she said, “You are who you are, and you love who you love.”
Rutina Wesley’s Dynamic Career
Rutina Wesley started her career with David Hare’s Broadway play The Vertical in December 2006. She also appeared in a minor role in Hitch (2005), which the director layout in the final cut. In 2007, she made her debut as the protagonist in How She Move. In the film, Wesley portrayed a woman participating in a dance competition to fund her education.
Previously, she also played a lesbian cop Joanna on ABC’s pilot show, Broad Squad, in 2015. Her role as Tara Thorton was highly appreciated in the HBO series True Blood in 2007. After that, she also bagged a few other roles in the NBC drama series Hannibal and the fourth season of Arrow. In 2016, she played the protagonist in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Queen Sugar, which won her global appreciation.
Wesley is not strange to same-sex dating or interracial relationships, even though her current relationship status is unknown or unclear. However, we hope that Rutina and Lashonda are still together! If not, we hope Rutina Wesley finds true love again in both reel and real life!