Breaking queer internet news: Janelle Monáe has confirmed what we were all thinking (and hoping) for years: she is queer!
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Dirty Computer singer said “Being a Black queer woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women — I consider myself to be a free-a** motherf**ker.”
She went on to say, “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.”
Tessa Thompson has appeared in Dirty Computer music videos for “Make Me Feel” (which the internet has declared a bisexual anthem) and “PYNK” where she was featured in between Monáe’s legs, literally. There is obvious speculation that there is a romance between the two gorgeous ladies, but has not been confirmed. Thompson has told Entertainment Tonight that her and Monáe have “been really good friends at this point for about three and a half years.”
Monáe has skirted around the subject of her sexuality in the past, and we are so excited to see a queer Black pop star out, proud, and unapologetic. And if you haven’t listened to her new songs yet, WTF are you waiting for?
In her Rolling Stone interview, Monáe went on to say that her album is for queer youth. As we know, queer representation saves lives. “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,” she says. “This album is for you. Be proud.”
The print issue of Rolling Stone hits newsstands May 4 and Monáe’s full album Dirty Computer will be released TOMORROW. We love you, Janelle!