Janelle Monáe has long been secretive about her personal life, but the multi-hyphenate artiste has opened up about her sexuality for the first time in her new Rolling Stone cover story.
“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 told the magazine.
The 32-year-old singer and actress revealed that she initially identified as bisexual, “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.”
GLAAD, an organization supporting LGBTQ representation in the media, explains: “While being bisexual means being attracted to more than one gender, being pansexual means being attracted to all gender identities, or attracted to people regardless of gender.”
Harper Bazzar reports that other celebrities who identify as pansexual include Miley Cyrus, who came out in 2015, and teen transgender activist Jazz Jennings.
“Being pansexual basically means to me that you are attracted to anyone, no matter their sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, everything. There’s no limits,” Jennings told Cosmopolitan.com in 2015.