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Singer and actress Janelle Monae reveals she is pansexual and has been with both men and women

Thursday - 26/04/2018 16:09
AFTER years of dodging questions about her sexuality, singer and actress Janelle Monae has made a frank admission about who she’s attracted to.
Janelle Monae has revealed she is pansexual, which is defined as being attracted to people not based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Picture: AFPSource:AFP
Janelle Monae has revealed she is pansexual, which is defined as being attracted to people not based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

MUSICIAN and actress Janelle Monae has confirmed longstanding rumours about her sexuality.

“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-a** motherf***er,” she told Rolling Stone in a revealing interview.

According to the New York Post, the singer, 32, whose latest album, Dirty Computer, is out tomorrow, said she initially identified as bisexual, but after further research, settled on pansexual. It’s defined as being attracted to all kinds of people not based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

Janelle Monae at has opened up about her sexuality. Picture: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Atlantic Records
Janelle Monae at has opened up about her sexuality. Picture: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Atlantic RecordsSource:Getty Images

“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,” she added.

For years, whenever Monae was asked about her personal life, she would say, “I only date androids.”

She has recently been linked to actress Tessa Thompson, who stars in Monae’s upcoming 45-minute film Mary Apple.

Janelle Monae hugs rapper Jay Z at the Grammys in January. Picture: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS
Janelle Monae hugs rapper Jay Z at the Grammys in January. Picture: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARASSource:Getty Images

Monae said that although she’s discussing her sexuality now, she’s been dropping hints along the way. “If you listen to my albums, it’s there,” she told the magazine. She says songs Mushrooms & Roses and Q.U.E.E.N. mention a love interest named Mary.

Janelle Monae has been linked to actress Tessa Thompson (pictured). Picture: MEGA
Janelle Monae has been linked to actress Tessa Thompson (pictured). Picture: MEGASource:Mega

On Dirty Computer, she says she wants to help fans embrace themselves.

“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 ostracised or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you,” she said. “This album is for you. Be proud.”

 

This story was originally published in the New York Post and is republished with permission.

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