“The Lesbian Community Has Tried To Claim Me. But I Only Date Androids.”: Janelle Monae Addresses Gay Rumors
The lyrics on Janelle Monae’s new album, “Electric Lady,” have caused some to speculate whether the singer is hinting that she is gay. However, the artist quashed the gossip in a recent interview, while still offering major support to her gay fans.
Back in April, Monae told Billboard that her new album would be “more revealing” and “more personal.” When the album dropped Tuesday, some songs proved particularly poignant.
In “Q.U.E.E.N.” featuring Erykah Badeu, she sings, “Am I a freak because I love watching Mary?” and “Hey sister am I good enough for your heaven?” In “Givin Em What They Love,” she refers to a woman following her to a lobby for some “undercover love.”
The 27-year-old apparently was unaware that anyone has been speculating anything.
“I actually have never heard that,” Monae told Pride Source Thursday. “This is the first time I’m hearing it. But I will say that a lot of my work always comes from an authoritative stance, so it may not be about me; it may just be about a story, or something that I’ve witnessed, or my imagination. You just never know.”
She said it’s fine people are relating the music directly to her. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being gay or lesbian or straight or black or green or purple, so I’m OK with that.”
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