Janelle Monáe Talks About Coming Out, Music & More

Janelle Monae has opened up on how she has been dealing with public gaze since coming out.

The singer-actress spoke about this in new chat with Billboard where she spoke, among other things, about her sexuality, music, and more.

See the excerpts below:

About her albums Dirty Computer and how personal it is: 

“I started writing it during the Obama era. After November 2016, I had to process where our country was going. I felt a big responsibility to create a community with this album, my concerts and my film [the “emotion picture” paired with the album]. It felt like people I care about and groups I’m in — from the LGBT community to being a black woman to being from working-class parents — were being pushed to the margins of society. With songs like “Django Jane” and “Make Me Feel” and “PYNK,” I wanted to be as bold as possible in making statements around agency, around women’s bodies and rights — us taking back the mic and letting you know that you don’t own us and we won’t be controlled.”

About sexuality and how this album tells this story:

“It was very scary for me to do interviews after I released the project. I leave my experiences in my music and my visuals — that’s therapy for me. I’ve always spoken about my experiences with sexuality in my music: I did on my first album and Electric Lady, from “Q.U.E.E.N.” to “Mushrooms & Roses.” But after people saw the Dirty Computer visuals [like the “Make Me Feel” video, in which Monáe flirts with a man and a woman], I knew they would start asking more questions. I wasn’t looking forward to people trying to figure out how much of this is my real life. But, for the most part, I’m happy that people have felt more comfortable being who they are as a result of reading about me walking in my truth.”

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