For a while, the public has suspected that American singer/actress Janelle Monae is queer but she never confirmed it. She has finally addressed her sexuality and admits that she's not straight.
In an interview with Rolling Stone for its May cover, the 32-year-old said:
Being a queer black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women, I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.
She says she first identified as bisexual, "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'."
To be pansexual means that one is not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity. This means a pansexual person can have sex with a man, woman, transgender... as long as the person is a human being.
Rolling Stone’s Brittany Spanos wrote that the singer took a deep breath as she said the words she has never said publicly until now.
It is believed that Janelle is currently dating actress Tessa Thompson. They are usually seen together and have been pictured together at events on numerous occasions. Tessa even featured on Janelle's songs "Make Me Feel" and "Pynk". Both songs have been hailed as a queer anthem and have queer undertones.
However, during the interview, Janelle Monae refused to talk about who she's dating. She told Spanos she doesn’t discuss her dating life. Instead, she focused on the work that she has done for her third studio album, "Dirty Computer", out April 27, and specifically for whom she made this album.
I want young girls, young boys, non-binary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you. This album is for you. Be proud.