Laverne Cox has found love, Real Fam!
During a virtual appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Thursday, the “Orange Is the New Black” alum revealed she has been in a relationship for the past few months.
Although she “didn’t expect it,” the “Promising Young Woman” actress says “the word ‘love’ just sort of happened around November, December.”
“Laverne is in love again. It feels amazing. Love is an incredible thing. It’s literally this chemical thing that’s awesome,” she said. “He’s a really great guy. I didn’t expect it. I thought he was just going to be this hot dude I was going to be hanging out with, and then it just kind of happened.”
Just like her last two relationships, Cox reveals that her new boyfriend “has never dated a trans woman before.”
While discussing the stigma of men dating transgender individuals, Cox revealed that she likes to keep her love life private due to her fame.
However, Cox did elaborate on the issues that trans women face in the dating world.
“The issue over the years for me as a trans woman and other trans women is that the womanhood of trans women is often disavowed,” she elaborated. “A lot of people don’t see trans women as women. So, the men that are attracted to women, people think they are gay. And if you are a straight man, you don’t want people to think you’re gay. So a lot of the times they don’t want to disclose or want to let anyone know.”
Cox previously dated Kyle Draper, the CEO of Mateo Sound, for two years until their split in June 2019.
“After much soul searching and tears from both of us, we have decided it’s time for us to go our separate ways,” Cox wrote on Instagram at the time. “We decided we should make a public statement since our relationship was public in ways neither of us anticipated. This is that public statement.
“We know our relationship meant so much to so many people, especially trans folks, giving them hope that this kind of love is possible for them as well,” she added. “That hope, the hope for love has not waned for me in the face of this breakup but rather is fortified.”
WATCH more of Laverne’s interview with Ellen, below!