Monáe says she initially identified as bisexual.
Singer, songwriter, and actress Janelle Monáe has officially come out as queer in an interview for Rolling Stone published on Thursday.
"Being a queer black woman in America," she said, "someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherf**ker."
She says she originally identified as bisexual, but upon a little self-reflection realized she fell into another part of the Pride spectrum. "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."
Monáe usually dodged questions about her sexuality in the past, but she says the clues were always in her music.
"If you listen to my albums, it's there," she says, citing the songs "Mushrooms & Roses" and "Q.U.E.E.N.," that reference a woman named Mary.
The singer who is set drop her latest album called Dirty Computer this Friday won’t disclose anything about her personal life. But she did say she is dedicating this latest work to the LGBT community.
"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."