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Bridgerton star Jessica Madsen reveals she’s in a relationship with another woman

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Bridgerton star Jessica Madsen shared a celebratory and touching message for Pride Month on Instagram, saying she is “In Love with a woman, loud about it and proud about it!”

The post included queer artwork and a picture of a gay rights march, as well as a selfie of Madsen in a tie-dye rainbow shirt, rainbow rhinestones under her eyes, and a bucket hat that says “love supreme.”

Madsen has previously shared her identity as a bisexual woman. In June 2023, she posted, “Bisexuals are not ‘confused'” and “bi af.” In the caption, she wrote: “Bi the way…. Happy Pride month 🌈❤️.”

In Bridgerton, Madsen plays Cressida Cowper, a snarky debutante and the best friend of Eloise Bridgerton. Some fans ship Eloise and Cowper together because of their unexpected alliance in season 2 and onscreen chemistry.

Madsen’s fellow Bridgerton co-stars responded with support. Nicole Coughlan, who plays Penelope Featherington, and Jonathan Bailey, who plays Anthony Bridgerton, both commented heart emojis.

Francesca Bridgerton actress Hannah Dodd commented, “Love youuuuuu,” with a yellow heart emoji on the post, as did Joanna Bobin, who plays Lady Cowper, saying, “Go baby girl! Love you.” Even Bridgerton author Julia Quinn chimed in, sending rainbow heart emojis to the actress.

In an interview with People, Madsen says she is excited for the future of her character in season 3.

“The mask is falling off Cressida. She’s becoming a human being. No, we’re getting to see her human side and why she is the way she is,” she said. “And yeah, that every mean girl has something beneath her. If we quote ‘mean girl’ as everyone likes to call her.”

In the interview, she also addressed the hate that her character gets, saying, “It makes me feel like I’ve done my job right.”

“I really don’t take those things personally. But I like it when people who I meet have appreciated the show. Yeah. That’s always lovely,” Madsen said.

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