Janelle Monáe has come out as pansexual in the latest Rolling Stone, in which she also discusses the unusual trajectory of her career ...
She told 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 motherfucker ... 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.
Rolling Stone notes this marks a coming-out moment for the adventurous artist:
She always ducked questions about her sexuality (“I only date androids” was a stock response) but embedded the real answers in her music. “If you listen to my albums, it's there,” she says. She cites “Mushrooms & Roses“ and ”Q.U.E.E.N.,” two songs that reference a character named Mary as an object of affection. In the 45-minute film accompanying Dirty Computer, “Mary Apple” is the name given to female “dirty computers” taken captive and stripped of their real names, one of whom is played by Tessa Thompson. (The actress has been rumored to be Monáe's girlfriend, though Monáe won't discuss her dating life.) The original title of “Q.U.E.E.N.,” she notes, was “Q.U.E.E.R.,” and you can still hear the word on the track's background harmonies.
Read the full piece here.
Also, don't miss her wise words in response to Kanye West's Uncle Tomism:
Janelle Monáe said everything that needed to be said regarding Kanye’s views pic.twitter.com/1yXEPJcnVb— Chris (@chrstnavelli) April 25, 2018