Tracee Ellis Ross Is ‘Happily Single’ In An ‘Intensely Juicy’ Relationship With Herself

Tracee Ellis Ross is a multi-talented star who has earned acclaim as an actress, singer, producer, and businesswoman. Ross was raised in a famous Hollywood family but worked hard to make her own way in the entertainment business, creating a career path that is unique to her.

In spite of her high-profile work in the industry, Ross has managed to keep her private life well out of the spotlight, rarely speaking out about her personal relationships. Still, Ellis recently opened up about what her current relationship status is and why she has been prioritizing self-care. 

Tracee Ellis Ross is the daughter of famed singer Diana Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross attends the Marie Claire's Image Makers Awards 2018 on January 11, 2018 in West Hollywood, California.
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Tracee Ellis Ross was born in 1972. The daughter of famed Motown singer Diana Ross and businessman/music executive Bob Silberstein, Tracee Ellis Ross was raised in a large family, with close ties to both the music and movie industries.

At an early age, Ross decided to become a model, working with several high-profile publications. She also earned a top-notch education, attending the prestigious Brown University.

In the mid-90s, Ross began acting in film and television projects. In the year 2000, she landed her big breakthrough role, in the television series Girlfriends. The TV show became wildly popular and Ross started earning recognition from viewers all around the world.

Over the following years, she continued to act in both movies and TV shows. While she achieved critical success, it wasn’t until her 2014 role in Black-ish that she really earned mainstream success. To date, Ross continues to act in Black-ish, all while working on a variety of side projects and business ventures. 

Who has Tracee Ellis Ross dated in the past?

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Even as Ross has become a major Hollywood star and lifestyle influencer, she has managed to keep her personal life under the radar. In fact, throughout all the years that Ross has been a big-name actress, she has yet to confirm any relationship or to speak openly about any of her boyfriends.

Ross revealed why in a 2017 interview, stating that “I was born into a very public family and so I gained a relationship for myself to what is important … (and) what is sacred in my life. I don’t make a decision (that) ‘I will never talk about my relationships or anything like that, that’s certainly not a decision that I’ve made or anything like that, but there are certain things that are sacred to me that are not for public consumption. They are mine.”

Reportedly, Ross dated a former Def Jam executive named Abou “Bu” Thiam in the early 2000s but broke up with him sometime around 2016. In a 2016 interview, Thiam talked about Ross, admitting that: “Out of all the females that I’ve dated, and not to discredit all the other girls, because I’ve been with some good females in my life, she has to be one of the most unconditional, loving, spirited people.”

What has Tracee Ellis Ross said about being single?

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In a November 2020 interview with Shape, Ross opened up about her current, single status. “I am happily single, though that doesn’t mean I am not open to and don’t want a relationship,” Ross stated. “But in my wonderful and robust experience of being single, I have learned to have a productive relationship with loneliness and an intensely juicy relationship with my joyful solitude— I really enjoy my company.”

It certainly seems as though Ross is winning — at her career and her personal life.