In an interview with Rolling Stone Thursday, the Tightrope singer revealed what genders she has dated and clarified how she identifies.
“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-(love proponent)” she told the magazine. “But then later 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, who has long since kept her sexuality under wraps, told The Guardian in February that she felt “sexually liberated” following the release of her Make Me Feel music video, which many were quick to dub a bisexual anthem.
While celebrities may be bringing media attention to pansexuality, the concept is not new, GLAAD President and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, told USA TODAY in 2016 after Miley Cyrus came out.