Janelle Monáe just came out, officially

Presley Ann via Getty Images                   Janelle Monae has revealed she is pansexual

"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-ass motherf-ker", she told Rolling Stone in a revealing interview.

Over the past few months, Monáe has been romantically linked to actress Tessa Thompson, and to the dismay of some fans, that rumor wasn't clarified - though her coming out in general sparked love and support from those on Twitter. Fans have long wondered whether she identified as part of the LGBTQ community, pointing to imagery in her music videos and song lyrics.

Someone who is pansexual, by definition, is attracted to people regardless of either their sex or their gender identity.

Janelle Monáe has previously let questions regarding her sexuality go unanswered, declining to elaborate in a recent New York Times interview on her rumored relationship with Tessa Thompson.

"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", she added. "Q.U.E.E.N.", Monáe said in 2013, is an acronym "for those who are marginalized". She even told Rolling Stone that the song "Q.U.E.E.N." was originally titled "Q.U.E.E.R".

Janelle with her'Hidden Figures co-stars Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer
Janelle with her'Hidden Figures co-stars Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer

Her latest project, "Dirty Computer", is no different.

Janelle Monae made the announcement just a day after she called out Kanye West for his pro-Trump comments.

"A lot of this album is a reaction to the sting of what it means to hear people in my family say, 'All gay people are going to hell'".

The cover story, written by Rolling Stone staff writer Brittany Spanos for the magazine's May 3 issue, covers much of the singer's life - from early childhood to her new album Dirty Computer, which releases tomorrow. Ultimately, she said she moved past that and came to her own understanding.

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