Janelle Monae came out on Rolling Stone: ‘Being a queer black woman in America…’

Janelle Monae is my current jam. Her new album is so good! It absolutely feels like music that Prince would have produced and then enjoyed, and then he would have performed with Janelle for one night only on a special occasion. Janelle covers the current issue of Rolling Stone, and she used the cover story to “come out” officially. Anyone who has listened to her current album or seen any of her music videos already knew who she is, but this is a nice confirmation:

She’s about to reveal, for the first time, something the world has long guessed, something her closest friends and family already know, something she’s long been loath to say in public. As she sings on a song from her new album, Dirty Computer, “Let the rumors be true.” Janelle Monáe is not, she finally admits, the immaculate android, the “alien from outer space/The cybergirl without a face” she’s claimed to be over a decade’s worth of albums, videos, concerts and even interviews – she is, instead, a flawed, messy, flesh-and-blood 32-year-old human being.

And she has another rumor to confirm. “Being a queer black woman in America,” she says, taking a breath as she comes out, “someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherf–ker.” She initially identified as bisexual, she clarifies, “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.”

[From Rolling Stone]

Queer, pansexual, bisexual, whatever you want to call yourself, just be you and have fun with other responsible adults. At least now we know for sure that every single one of us could conceivably have a shot with Janelle! Except that she might be dating Tessa Thompson? God, I hope they’re dating. They are so hot together in Janelle’s “Make Me Feel” video.

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  1. Nicole says:

    What a queen. Long time fan.

  2. Jane says:

    She is sooo good! I’m in love with her song, “DJango Jane”; it’s phenomenal and unapologetic. I wish she’d do more rap because she’s amazing!!

    • Rumi says:

      Yes!!! Love her music and style. She is fearless and would love to see more of her on the silver screen. She is simply stunning.
      This message to be open to learning more about who you are needs to reach far and wide.

  3. Slowsnow says:

    So cool. So gorgeous. So stylish.

    • WTW says:

      She has one of the most perfect faces I’ve ever seen. So cute.

      • minx says:

        I remember seeing her for the first time, way back, and I just thought she was so stunning. She has the It factor.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        she’s one of those rare people who’s both beautiful AND cute.

        and talented – holy crap is she talented.

      • Betsy says:

        She and Lupita Nyong’o look nothing alike but both have almost freakishly perfect faces. They’re just gorgeous.

  4. minx says:

    Love her.

  5. Luci Lu says:

    Old news…..still love her.

  6. Snowflake says:

    Love the cover shot, pretty

  7. Amelie says:

    I saw her perform at Madison Square Garden when she opened for the Belgian singer Stromae. This was back in 2015 and I didn’t really know who she was though I realize she’d been in the music world for awhile. I enjoyed her performance but I will admit to being impatient for Stromae’s performance (and I’m so glad I got to see him live because it seems he is no longer performing due to stress and health issues which is too bad). Glad to see her feel comfortable with being who she is.

    • Slowsnow says:

      What health issues?! I love Stromae!

      • Amelie says:

        I dunno exactly, it seems he was really stressed out and exhausted from going on tour to promote his last album Racine Carrée and had decided to do behind the scenes music stuff. But I just googled him and it seems he is actually releasing new music all of a sudden?? It would be great for Janelle to collaborate with him again! She’s a bigger name now in the US than he is.

      • Slowsnow says:

        Thanks. I got worried there for a second. I think it must be hard for someone from Belgium or any country in Europe to be immersed in the American ways. It’s so different – the mega star-celeb system, the aggressive branding etc. I just hope he is ok.

  8. Marty says:

    I love her so much.

  9. JEM says:

    I teared up a little reading this. She’s amazing, and I’ve been a fan for a long time. I’m happy for her.

  10. SKF says:

    She’s so talented, unique and gorgeous in every way. Happy for her that she feels she can say this publicly now – I hate that she ever felt that she couldn’t because, well, of all the arsehats out there.

  11. Anniefannie says:

    Can’t believe she’s from my hometown
    Kansas City! Occasionally the fly over states
    produce a talented, unique, gorgeous out and proud badass!!

  12. mtam says:

    No to criticise her. I enjot everything she’s doing. But isn’t too much like Prince? “Make Me Feel” i fewl has the same beat/rhythm as a Prince song I can’t remember the name of.
    I heard Prince helped ro make the sounds in the album. Is this true? What was the extent of his involvement? It sounds like a Prince record, which is maybe why i enjoy it so much.

  13. Veronica says:

    I thought the PYNK video couldn’t have been a more explicit lesbian statement, but maybe that’s my queer lady goggles on. I’m happy that she feels comfortable reaching out to her community here.

    • Betsy says:

      I’m pretty firmly on the hetero side of life, but yeah, it’s hard not to see that as anything other than an “explicit lesbian statement.” Although the “I grab back” panties sort of made me think it was also in part just a strongly pro-woman song, too.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      I’m a very new fan (yep, I’m old), I didn’t know who she was until reading about her on other articles here. Googled some tunes, and Pynk came up… the pants had me cracking up so hard, but she is just incredibly beautiful and has such a pretty, pretty voice. Amazing lady.

  14. Darbie10 says:

    Kaiser, I have been obsessing over this album and can’t wait to watch Dirty computer tomorrow! Janelle is so talented and deserves to become a megastar!

  15. Lucy says:

    She will go down in the history of music, I’m sure of it. 30 years from now, people will still be listening to her work.

  16. VintageS says:

    Her music is out for me since unless it’s the Beatles, Queen, Led Zeppelin or old Motown I am clueless, but she was so wonderful, okay adorable, in Hidden Figures. Hopes she does more acting.

    • Betsy says:

      Try her music! I’m not a super fan or anything so I don’t know her catalogue really well – I never could get into the whole Android thing, for example – but I love Electric Lady (song and album). Q.U.E.E.N. amd Dance Apocalyptic are also really good. The songs that have been released from Dirty Computer are AMAZING but I can’t play them during the day as the language isn’t suitable for my kids.

      • VintageS says:

        I need to jump into the new millennium, but when I get in the car I’d rather listen to a book.

        “the day as the language isn’t suitable for my kids.” The irony! Don’t you know it’s their job to corrupt us! lol

        I wasn’t born when Elvis hit the scene, but once upon a time he sang the “devil’s music”. It’s come a long way from that.

  17. savu says:

    Good for her! This really was on her terms, even though everybody already knew.

  18. Jess says:

    More power to her. Such a brilliant talent and beautiful woman.

    He clap back to Kanye was also totally on point.

  19. Fellow queer lady says:


  20. Case says:

    She’s so talented and beautiful. This is awesome.

  21. ParlerBleu says:

    Love Janelle! I think she is exquisite and honestly, I wish it didn’t need to be this big proclamation, at this point in history. Who cares who she sleeps with? But of course, a lot of people care. A lot of people stay caring about other people’s sexualities, gender identities, racial identities, etc. It’s unfortunate because I just think she is so brilliant and talented and my goodness I wish we lived in a meritocracy where people had their heads on straight and could value other human beings for how they treat others and what they contribute to society and not for what they look like or who they sleep with.

  22. jammypants says:

    I have a crush on her. She’s so hot.

    • Anika says:

      She really is breathtakingly gorgeous, and I enjoy some of her music, too…My only question is, What is the difference between bisexual and pansexual? I’ve googled it, and the only thing I can glean from the various websites is that pansexuality is being attracted to both genders as well as to transgender people…But, I didn’t realize bisexuals could not be attracted to transsexual people, too? Seems needlessly confusing, to me…too many categories can make things seem alien to many people, and therefore offputting, confounding. (JMO.) But anyway, I love her dedicating this album to young people who feel at odds or unhappy w their sexual identities, and to the LGBT community at large…what a lovely and loving act.

  23. Babs says:

    I just pre-ordered Dirty Computer. Here for Janelle! She’s so talented and beautiful.

  24. Jess says:

    Love her! Great singer, actor, and visionary. And she’s such a leader. I’m also really hoping she and Tessa are dating – I’ve been watching their videos for her new songs over and over!

  25. Jen says:

    Years ago I saw Janelle in concert as the opening act for Bruno Mars, and I just couldn’t believe how energizing and talented she was. But it wasn’t until I caught her performance in Hidden Figures that I became a bigger fan, and I’m loving her new songs. PYNK is such a visual masterpiece. Very pro-women and very queer.

    Regarding her sexuality, I love that she came out so publicly. She doesn’t owe it to anyone but she’s helping to contribute to representation and visibility. It’s important for us to see ourselves reflected and it promotes acceptance and normalization. Just speaking as a gay lady 🙂

  26. Reef says:

    I’m glad she came out publicly. As Lena Waithe said, water is warm. We got you.

  27. Naddie says:

    I still think she’d slept on. Her songs are so insanely good that I think anything less than Beyonce’s, Swift’s level of fame is not enough for her. Django Jane and I like that is playing nonstop on my phone.

  28. JRenee says:

    She is one beautiful lady. Enjoyed her in Hidden Figures. I think she has a bright future!

  29. adastraperaspera says:

    Exceptionally talented, hardworking, honest and politically aware. Oh, and gorgeous! More Janelle posts please!

    • Ariel says:

      THIS!! Have been loving her since ArchAndroid days (that first video oh LAWD) and would love to see more posts here… Especially about her and Tessa.

  30. Jayna says:

    The ArchAndroid is my favorite album of hers. It’s amazing.

  31. Deepa says:

    Her work is so brilliant! Love her!!!

  32. Pandakeeper says:

    Saw her at Coachella years ago. I didn’t know who she was or even intended to see her show, but somehow ended up in the tent she was performing in and didn’t want to leave! Great show, amazing find.

    She has the most beautiful eyebrows ever! Very talented