Singer, Janelle Monae has spoken out to address speculation about her sexuality. The speculation was triggered by lyrics on her album, ‘Electric Lady,’ which have led some to wonder whether she is gay. The track, ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ featuring Erykah Badu, sees Monae sing, “Am I a freak because I love watching Mary?” and “Hey sister am I good enough for your heaven?” Elsewhere, ‘Givin Em What They Love,’ sees the singer refer to a woman following her to a lobby for some “undercover love.”
However, the speculation seems to have bypassed the 27-year-old singer, who responded, “I actually have never heard that,” adding, “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.”
While Janelle denies the speculation that she is gay, she did confirm that she did think of the gay community as she sought to unite people from all areas of society. Janelle explained, “I have songs on ‘The Electric Lady’ – from ‘Sally Ride’ to ‘Electric Lady’ to ‘Q.U.E.E.N.,’ and the list goes on – where I definitely thought of the gay community in terms of a community that is oftentimes discriminated against and marginalized.”
As for the rumors of her own sexuality, Janelle clarified, “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.”
Further explaining her desire to bring people together, Janelle said, “Again, when I speak about the android, it’s the other. And I think, again, you can parallel that to the gay community, to the black community, to women – we have so many things in common, and we sometimes don’t know it when we allow small things to get in the way. So this music is meant to inspire and bring wings to those who are weak and grace to those when they are strong.”
She went on, “I’m a uniter, I won’t allow myself to be a slave to my own interpretation of myself, nor the interpretations that people may have of me. I just live my life, and people can feel free to discuss whatever it is that they think and use whatever adjectives they feel. It’s a free country.”
This is not the first time that Janelle Monae has faced questions over her sexuality, telling Rollling Stone in 2010 that, the “lesbian community has tried to claim me” but that she only dates androids!