Jessica Betts and Niecy Nash have already contributed to history.
The Claws actress and Betts made history in March 2022 when they shared the magazine’s cover with Essence as the first same-sex couple. To commemorate the important cover, Nash wrote, “Making History.”
Nash and Betts posed topless and embraced on the seductive Essence cover. The couple discussed their relationship candidly during their interview. Nash remarked, “I feel that the love I get from her is personalised, not off the shelf.
In August 2020, over a year after the actress’s breakup with husband Jay Tucker, Nash and Betts were married. Upon learning about their nuptials,
She’s a musician
Betts, who grew up in Chicago and began singing at a young age, reportedly earned a record deal with a company when she was 16 years old. She eventually relocated to New York City to pursue a singing career, where she later met Nash. Betts sings a fusion of gospel, reggae, rock, pop, and R&B while performing both her own songs and cover songs.
Betts is not just a remarkable singer and composer, but also a gifted guitarist who learned how to play by herself.
She posted a flashback video of herself performing on the New York City underground in August 2021. She captioned the picture, “New York subway- A express train.” While residing in New York, I taught myself how to play at 65 mph. Just my and I.
She was on a reality TV show
Betts participated in the 2005 season of the reality series The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott after recording her debut single “Get Up” in 2000. Only one season of the reality singing competition, hosted by the “Work It” rapper, was shown on UPN.
Betts’ victory on The Road to Stardom did not advance her career. She explained to Ebony in 2012 why she didn’t cash in on her victory. She added, “I suppose after realising I had won the show, I had to take time to find myself. “I took the time to work on myself professionally and personally because I knew I had to get my s— together if I wanted to succeed!”
She’s tried her hand at acting
Betts and her future spouse costarred in a brief role on Nash’s TNT sitcom Claws in 2018.
Betts released a behind-the-scenes video of the two on set for the Claws season 2 finale. In the video, Betts sat next to Nash and sang and played the guitar as she wore her character’s bridal gown.
The couple did not merely watch a movie together, though. Nash appeared in two of Betts’ music videos, “We Drip” and “Catch Me,” in which she wore a wedding gown and their wedding vows were played.
Nash and Betts started collaborating on the Fox game programme Don’t Forget the Lyrics in May 2022. Betts plays in the band, while Nash hosts the programme.
She and Nash were friends first
In 2015, the two made their first social media connection and at first connected via music. They eventually began to get along.
“I never saw her as someone I would date,” Nash admitted to PEOPLE in 2020. But as time went on, we started to perceive each other in new ways.
But the move from platonic to love wasn’t easy. Nash admitted during a Red Table Talk interview that she was first hesitant to date. I was worried that our friendship wouldn’t endure it, she admitted. “I don’t know what the ground rules are,” Jessica said, “but I never want [Jessica] to not be in my life.”
Nash finally made up her mind that she really didn’t want to be without Betts, saying, “I just know that this
She’s the only woman Nash ever dated
Nash had only ever been in relationships with guys until meeting Betts.
From 1994 to 2007, the actress was married to pastor Don Nash. Dominic, Donielle, and Dia are the three children they have together. Before requesting a divorce in 2019, Nash wed electrical engineer Jay Tucker in 2011.
Nash came out as being gay in September 2020. “I don’t feel like my marriage is my coming out of anywhere, but rather a going into myself and being honest about who I love,” she said to PEOPLE. “[My marriage] has everything to do with her soul and has nothing to do with gender at all.”
She’s an advocate for LGBTQ+ representation in music
Betts discussed the significance of LGBTQ+ visibility in hip-hop in a 2022 interview with TheGrio. She stated, “My wife and I often stress that representation matters, it really does. “Because now I know that small kid or tiny kid will see themselves in someone like me, someone like my wife, or anyone! It’s crucial to look in the mirror.
Betts performed her song “Catch Me” at the GLAAD Media Awards the year before.
She told The Advocate in a 2021 interview that “love has no gender.” It has no limitations. And a person should be able to love whomever they choose to love without any remorse, regardless of their ethnicity or sexual orientation.
She proposed first
Nash claims that she and Betts got engaged on the same day, but Betts got the better of her.
They had been upset with one other all day, according to Nash, who told PEOPLE that she was surprised.
Jessica exclaimed, “You know what? I’ve been annoyed with you all day. However, if somebody is going to irritate me, I want it to be you,’ ” Nash recalled. “She said, ‘You are without a doubt the best thing that has ever happened to me,’ at that point. Cora, wed me. Cora is the moniker she uses for me.
After Nash responded “yes,” Betts realised she was unaware of the regular course of events. I was like, ‘Well, we’re non-traditional folks,'” Nash continued. Hold on for a moment. I
She married Nash in August 2020
Nash and Betts exchanged vows in the backyard of their California home on August 29, 2020. In front of 24 friends and family members, the couple exchanged wedding vows.
Those closest to the pair were the only people who knew of their relationship. Nash chose to wait until after their wedding to reveal the news of their marriage rather than announcing their courtship or engagement. “Mrs. Carol Denise Betts @jessicabettsmusic #LoveWins,” Nash captioned a photo of their wedding two days after it had taken place.
The couple revealed to Entertainment Tonight that they would like to get married again in 2023.
In regards to their 2020 wedding, Nash remarked, “We love so many people, but we couldn’t have all the people we love there.” Many members of Betts’ family were unable to leave.
She and Nash have attended several high-profile events together
The Betts and the Claws actress went to the NAACP Image Awards on February 25, 2023. For her performance in Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Nash earned the award for best actress in a TV movie, limited series, or dramatic special.
She added in her award speech, “I want to thank you right now, JB, for holding me down during the taping of this show that was so difficult.
The couple walked the SAG Awards red carpet the following day. Betts wore a Dolce & Gabbana suit, while Nash dazzled in a handmade Vera Wang gown.