Janelle Monae is taking over the world one step at a time. With immense talent, the actress/ singer is a force of nature. And while the star has never been ashamed of her sexuality. And now during Pride month, she gave an interview and revealed that she has known from a very young age that she was attracted to both men and women.
Stay with us to read the full interview.
Janelle attracted a lot of attention when she seemed to get a little too handsy with Lupita Nyong’O at the Met Gala. People seemed fairly sure that there was something between the actresses who were very close. They posed together and danced, and did nothing to deny the rumors.
However, some believe that this was Janelle’s way to make her ex, Tessa Thompson, jealous. We have no confirmation so far.
Now during an interview with PAPER magazine, Janelle opened up about the moment she realized she was bisexual. And it was from a very early age. “I was like eight. I don’t think I actually knew how I identified. I knew that I was attracted to women, girls, men, boys. I knew that.”
But she didn’t always feel brave to talk about it or share too much: “I’ve seen people get beat up because they were considered to be ‘too feminine’ or ‘too masculine’ for how they identified.”
And talked about finally opening up and sharing something that can inspire others: “I’m just happy that my personal story has also been personal stories for so many other people. There’s so many young people who grew up in the South or Baptist families, who were told that they won’t be accepted by Christ. They can listen to this album and feel hugged. They can feel loved. They can feel seen. They can feel heard. That’s the most beautiful thing.”
Concerning sexual identity, Janelle strongly believes that it should be taught in schools: “Sexual identity needs to be taught in school. There should be courses on mental health, how to coexist, how we can all learn from each other.”
She also encouraged people to be who they are, and not come out unless they feel safe. “We have to make sure that we don’t pressure people to come out. Everybody doesn’t have the same set of circumstances. There are people, young people in particular, that will be cut off from their family, hanged or jailed if they walked in their truth. Folks who are not comfortable speaking out about your sexuality publicly, we see you and you are valid and you matter. We have to protect our babies, especially in the LGBTQIA+ community. We have to do better. ”
And now Janelle is out and free, and enjoying the height of her career so far.