Actress/comedian Niecy Nash shocked the world after announcing her marriage to a woman.
The 50 year old “Claws” and “Reno 911” star tied the knot with rock/soul musician Jessica Betts and recently shared a joyful photo of the happy couple on Instagram on Monday, along with a short message.
“Mrs. Carol Denise Betts,” she wrote, using her real name, Carol Denise, and signaling that she plans to take her new wife’s last name.
The new romance comes months after the comedian filed for divorce from her husband Jay Tucker in December and finalized details of their divorce in March.
While Nash has always been a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community, her marriage to a woman caught some of her fans by surprise as this is the first time Nash has come out publicly as part of the LGBTQ+ community having previously been married to two men, Jay Tucker and Don Nash.
Many celebrity friends of Nash’s voiced their support on social media.
“So happy for you,” said “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, along with a heart and rainbow emoji. Sarah Paulson added, “I love you so much.” Lena Waithe posted, ‘Congrats @niecynash1!! Sending y’all so much love!!!’
Ironically Nash and Betts have some wedding history, Jessica sang at Niecy’s wedding to Jay Tucker in 2011 in Malibu.
Back in 2017 Nash opened up about her sexually fluid roles and growing up in a devout Christian household during an interview with pridesource.com.
When asked what her introduction to the gay community was, Niecy said “Surprisingly, I knew a lot of people who were gay that went to my church. They felt very repressed.”
When Niecy was asked what her philosophy was on the gay community from the point of view of a gay-affirming Christian, she proudly stated, “My philosophy now is that you can be whatever you want to be. People feel you have to put blame on everything, but whether you label it or not, your truth is your truth. And I don’t wish to live a lie on anybody. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. And yes, it can be challenging, but the people who really love you and who are standing in support of you will be all right with it. This hits home for me and I pause to talk about it because it’s not fair for me to tell that part of that story. But the one thing I don’t wish on anybody is to live a lie. That’s gotta be the hardest thing to imagine.”