Following longstanding speculation about her sexuality, Janelle Monaé came out during an interview with Rolling Stone published on Thursday (April 26).

“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," the singer told the outlet, saying that she identifies with aspects of both bisexuality and pansexuality. "I’m open to learning more about who I am."

Monaé also said that, in the past, she used her public persona to deflect dating questions because she felt like she didn't "look like a stereotypical black female artist," instead hiding behind her androgynous, space cadet alter ego and insisting she "only date[d] androids."

Her music, however, was always sprinkled with hints — specifically in songs like “Mushrooms & Roses” and “Q.U.E.E.N.” The latter’s original name was “Q.U.E.E.R.”

She didn't address the rumors that she's in a relationship with Westworld actress Tessa Thompson, but did leave others struggling with their sexualities with a powerful sentiment.

"I want young girls, young boys, nonbinary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you,” she said, going on to reference her upcoming record, Dirty Computer, due out Friday. “This album is for you. Be proud.”

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