It’s been a busy week for Janelle Monáe.
The eclectic singer has been on a press run promoting her new album Dirty Computer and, while the music has been one topic of discussion, other things — such as Kanye West and her sexuality — have definitely dominated the headlines.
One of Monae’s first stops was to see Ebro in the Morning over at HOT 97. During their conversation the radio host asked Janelle her thoughts on Kanye’s recent revelation that we need to “get past the past.” As eloquent as ever, the Electric Lady pushed back on ‘Ye’s comments and challenged the notion of the oppressor using that kind of “free thinking” to keep the oppressed, oppressed.
Monáe also took her free thinking over to Rolling Stone, where she revealed that her pleasures lied in pansexualism. In years past, Janelle had been questioned about her sexuality and most times avoided the questions, only stating that she was bi-sexual. But now she’s taking it a step further and opening up more. “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,” the singer stated. “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.”
In case you’re unaware of what pansexual means we enlisted our good friend Merriam Webster to help you out.
Pansexual: of, relating to, or characterized by sexual desire or attraction that is not limited to people of a particular gender identity or sexual orientation.
Pansexual people are attracted to all kinds of people, regardless of their gender, sex or presentation.
So, with this new news, does it mean that she is, in fact, dating her music video co-star/actress Tessa Thompson? Well, of course she didn’t answer that … she’s got to keep some things under wrap.
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