A rumored romance with actress Tessa Thompson has had folks questioning Janelle Monáe’s sexuality for some time now. In her latest interview with Rolling Stone—in which she discusses details surrounding her forthcoming album, as well as freeing herself—Monáe reveals that she initially considered herself to be bisexual before learning about pansexuality.
“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,” she said. “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.”
And perhaps we’ll learn just a bit more when Dirty Computer drops tomorrow, April 27. In the meantime, check out her Rolling Stone cover story in full here.
In Other Media News:
- J. Cole shares some revelations of his own in an interview with Vulture.
- Facebook published content removal policies for the first time—ever.
- Rihanna is on ESSENCE’s Woke 100 list.
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