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Janelle Monáe Officially Comes Out As Pansexual, Says She Feels Like A 'Free-Ass Motherf**ker'

Janelle is free.

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In news that makes us want to throw glitter everywhere, Janelle Monáe has come out as pansexual.

Monáe graced Rolling Stone's latest cover and opened up about her sexual identity and so much more in her interview.

"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 motherf*cker," she said.

The “PYNK” singer said she initially identified as bisexual, but upon further research, she felt like pansexual was a better fit. A pansexual is defined as someone who is not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender or gender identity.

"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," she continued. 

Until now, Monáe has dodged questions about her sexuality, but she says queer themes have always been present in her music. She cites songs "Mushrooms and Roses" and "Q.U.E.E.N" as examples. The latter was originally titled "Q.U.E.E.R." 

"If you listen to my albums, it's there," she said.

Her latest project, "Dirty Computer," is no different. 

"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 declared. "This album is for you. Be proud."

Like many queer folks, the 32-year-old singer/actress grew up hearing anti-LGBT messages in church. She says her album reflects her feelings about this message. 

"A lot of this album is a reaction to the sting of what it means to hear people in my family say, ‘All gay people are going to hell,'" she said. She said she moved past that and came to her own understanding.

"I serve the God of love," she concluded.  

Live, Janelle! 

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Ashleigh is a writer, podcaster and sh*t talker based in Atlanta, GA. She likes food, Beyonce, social justice and the whole bott--er, a glass of wine. Don't start none, won't be none.