Janelle Monáe Comes Out In Revealing Interview
"I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker."
There are no signs that Janelle Monáe plans on stopping any time soon. The singer, songwriter, actress and model starred in both Hidden Figures and Moonlight -- two of 2016's most decorated films in the awards season.
Now Monáe is releasing her third studio album, Dirty Computer and in an interview with Rolling Stone the star played her greatest role yet: herself.
The interview has made countless headlines as it marks the first time Monáe has discussed 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-ass motherfucker."
Monáe first identified as bisexual, but later read about pansexuality and saw a lot of herself in that identity too.
Pansexuality refers to a person who is sexually and romantically attracted to people regardless of their sex or gender identity. The term differentiates itself from bisexuality which is strictly defined by the sexual attraction to men and women, pansexuals aren't bound to a gender binary.
Monáe's sexuality has been under scrutiny for a while, and she's been linked to Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson for quite some time.
There are several really great histories of their "friendship" where online detectives have speculated. That speculation escalated when Monáe released "Make me Feel", one of her first singles from Dirty Computer.
In the video for the single Monáe quite literally floats between Thompson and a man, flirting with both, indecisive.
Very queer, very iconic. And then came the "Pynk" video. If you've never seen a group of women dancing in the desert in vaginally-inspired pants, please stop what you're doing and check out what Monáe described as "a celebration of creation, self love, sexuality and pussy power".
Monáe hoped her embrace of her body, sex and sexuality would inspire others to do the same.
"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.
"This album is for you. Be proud."
Despite her surge of openness there's still one topic the singer keeps private: her dating life. The interview attempted to broach the subject but, much like her response in a recent New York Times interview, Monáe side-stepped confirming what would otherwise be one of the best Hollywood power couples.
Meanwhile, Thompson didn't have much to say, just a simple tweet:
Legends. Check out the full Rolling Stone feature here where she also discusses her new album and her relationship with Prince.
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