After years of responding to questions about her romantic life with “I only date androids,” Janelle Monáe is setting the record straight on her sexuality.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the Electric Lady singer addresses her sexual identity, telling the magazine, "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 motherf—er.”
Though she initially identified bisexual, the unique artist is open to broadening that definition. “Later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too,'” Monáe says. (Unlike bisexuality, pansexuality — a term with which Miley Cyrus also identifies — refers to an attraction to all gender identities on the spectrum, rather than the traditional male and female genders.) “I'm open to learning more about who I am."
Janelle is rumored to be dating Annihilation actress Tessa Thompson, who recently appeared in the neon-lit music video for Monae’s “Make Me Feel,” but neither party has confirmed the reports.
Monáe says much of the music on her new album Dirty Computer was written in response to the beliefs of members of her conservative and devoutly religious Kansas-based family. "A lot of this album is a reaction to the sting of what it means to hear people in my family say, ‘All gay people are going to hell,''" she explained.
Ultimately, Janelle says her latest compilation is meant for young people struggling with their sexuality.
"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."