Queen Latifah seemingly confirms she welcomed a son with her rumored longtime partner, Eboni, during her BET Award acceptance speech

Queen Latifah putting up a peace sign
Queen Latifah attends the BET Awards 2021 at Microsoft Theater on June 27, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for BET
  • Latifah accepted her Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET awards in an emotional speech.
  • The multi-talented rapper also shouted out her rumored partner, Eboni Nichols, and son Rebel.
  • Latifah concluded her speech with “Happy Pride!”
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Queen Latifah wasn’t afraid to celebrate Pride Month as she accepted her Lifetime Achievement Award, Sunday night at the BET Awards 2021.

While accepting her award, the notoriously private actress and rapper seemingly opened up about her personal life by acknowledging her long-time rumored partner and their son.

“Eboni, my love, Rebel, my love,” she said in closing, seemingly referencing Eboni Nichols and a rumored son they welcomed in 2019.

Happy Pride!” she concluded.

Insider reached out to Latifah’s rep, but didn’t immediately hear back.

In her wide-ranging acceptance speech, the multi-talented entertainer also thanked her late mother, who died in 2018, her father, who joined her onstage, her family, and her fellow “sisters in the name of rap.”

Latifah, who was given her flowers for her 35-year career as a notable rapper and actress, continued by thanking BET for “creating an outlet for beautiful Blackness to thrive, to shine.”

“When we couldn’t get played on the radio in other places, we couldn’t get our videos played in other places, there was BET that allowed us to be in our fullness and to shine to this night, right now, right here,” she added.

Queen Latifah with Eboni Nichols
Queen Latifah and Eboni Nichols cheer for their friend Serena Williams during day 10 of the 2016 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. Jean Catuffe/GC Images

Queen Latifah, whose birth name is Dana Owens, previously explained why she doesn’t share much about her private life.

“I don’t have a problem discussing the topic of somebody being gay, but I do have a problem discussing my personal life,” she said in a 2008 New York Times interview. “You don’t get that part of me. Sorry.”

“I don’t feel like I need to share my personal life, and I don’t care if people think I’m gay or not,” she added. “Assume whatever you want. You do it anyway.”