As invested as we are in Issa’s character on “Insecure,” we have to remind ourselves that one she’s not her character and two, we don’t know her. While she’s writing about relationships for HBO and for the culture, she keeps her personal life under wraps. And that’s admirable. Knowing people, folks would attribute her storylines to her real-life relationships. She was smart to keep her business to herself.
But when she popped up with an engagement ring on the cover of her ESSENCE shoot, folks were left scrambling trying to figure out how they missed an entire relationship.
But for those of us who have been paying attention, there have been a few breadcrumbs along the way. In her 2015 memoir, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Issa Rae thanked a man named Louis in the acknowledgement section.
“Louis, I love you so much. Thank you for bearing with me during the stress and pushing me during my bouts of insecure laziness. Having you in my corner makes me a happier, better person.”
Louis could be a good friend but that sounds like a love note if I’ve ever heard one.
Then, in the fall of last year, Issa sat down with an astrologer, tarot card reader, psychic and energy reader to help give her some insight into her future. One of the first questions she asked was if there were children in her future. When the various women told her that she had to be strong and definitive in her decision either way, Issa said that she would not have children without having a partner as a support system.
She also asked if she would find the right person. The astrologer told her that she was about to have Jupiter go through her house of marriage and partnership. When the astrologer asked if she had anyone currently, Issa shrugged and said, ‘Oh, you know.” Before laughing.
Nuff said. If it’s not a no, it’s a yes.
The energy reader told her that because of her career she’s jumping and moving around a lot. But she told her that there is someone who can handle that.
Issa asked, “Is that person around right now?”
The energy reader said, not physically but energetically.
Then she pops up with a ring.
But she didn’t really. She has appeared on carpets with this Louis man. Check out the pictures of him on the following pages and see what people have to say about Issa’s “reveal.”