Janelle Monae Opens Up About Being A Pan-sexual

Janelle Monae is identifying with both Bisexuals and Pansexuals. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Janelle Monae revealed her sexuality which has been rumored with lots of controversy. With the release of her forthcoming album Dirty Computer, it seems there is a huge demand for her to open up about her personality and who she truly is away from fame and the limelight.

She said:

“Being a queer black woman in America,” she says, taking a breath as she comes out, “someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.” She initially identified as bisexual, she clarifies, “but then later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.’ I’m open to learning more about who I am.”

Janelle Monae has been doing loads of interviews and press in anticipation to the release of her new album which is set to drop on April 27th.

Monae recently had an interview with New York Times and demurred when the subject came up. “I hope people feel celebrated,” she said of the rampant speculation about her relationship with Thompson. “I hope they feel love. I hope they feel seen.”

The answer to this burning question was (almost) out there in plain sight.

She always ducked questions about her sexuality (“I only date androids” was a stock response) but embedded the real answers in her music. “If you listen to my albums, it’s there,” she says. She cites “Mushrooms & Roses” and “Q.U.E.E.N.,” two songs that reference a character named Mary as an object of affection. In the 45-minute film accompanying Dirty Computer,”Mary Apple” is the name given to female “dirty computers” taken captive and stripped of their real names, one of whom is played by Tessa Thompson. (The actress has been rumored to be Monáe’s girlfriend, though Monáe won’t discuss her dating life.) The original title of “Q.U.E.E.N.,” she notes, was “Q.U.E.E.R.,” and you can still hear the word on the track’s background harmonies.

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