Janelle Monáe, 32, Confirms Sexuality, Frees Herself ‘Pansexual’!
Janelle Monáe is finally out of the closet!
The Make Me Feel singer came front with her actual sexual orientation of being pansexual (person of sexual or emotional attraction toward someone regardless of any sex or gender identity) for the first time in the Rolling Stone cover story, published on 26 April 2018. She stated:
"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-(love proponent) motherf***er.
She further cleared her moment of realization by stating,
"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 was in a relationship with both "men and women."
She was initially identified as bisexual after her romantic relationship with actress Tessa Thompson came to light. However, neither of them has addressed their dating officially.
Tessa has also appeared in Janelle's music videos, Pynk and Make Me Feel, which are known to be "bisexual anthem" for many. Janelle's rumored girlfriend states about her appearance in an interview with Entertainment Tonight in February 2018. She stated,
“The truth is when people look at me and Janelle and these characters that we play in the music video, people have called it a bisexual anthem. If it makes people feel liberated in their skin and feel closer to who they are than I think we did our job.”
Speculations on Janelle's sexuality had already emerged via her music lyrics. The singer explained to HarperBazar in April 2018 citing previous songs like Mushrooms & Roses and Q.U.E.E.N. She remarked,
"If you listen to my albums, it's there"
Both tracks have the similar love interest named Mary. Her recently dropped album; Dirty Computer is another piece that showcases her voice of sexual freedom. Filled with sexual themes, the singer wanted her album to give the courage to listeners, especially, "gay and queer people."
In the same interview, she cleared,
"I want young girls, young boys, nonbinary, 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."
Additionally, she added:
"This album is for you. Be proud."
The Pynk singer is close to her large, extended family, but she has not discussed her sexual orientation with everyone. And after she came out publicly, there'll be lots of question surrounding her.
"There are people in my life that love me and they have questions. I guess when I get there, I'll have to answer those questions."
Aside from her pansexuality, Janelle is also a victim of her "perfectionism." She went through years of therapy due to her "perfectionist" quality and even named it as "computer virus." Shestarted her therapy before her 2010's release debut, The ArchAndroid.
The singer, who aged 32, opened about her fear and obsession in a Rolling Stone cover story stating:
"I was like, ‘Before I self-destruct before I become a confused person in front of the world, let me seek some help. I was afraid for anybody to see me not at the top of my game. That obsession was too much for me."
The singer has been empowering her music to find those struggling with their sexuality and encourage them to accept instead of hiding.