Janelle Monáe has officially let go of her android persona in a cover spread with Rolling Stone. For the past few years, the singer and actress has been slowly shedding her black and white uniform, trading in pompadours for futuristic space buns and, with her latest project Dirty Computer, she is baring it all.
In advance of its release, she opens up to the glossy about stepping outside of the persona, getting therapy, working with Prince and where she actually stands in her sexuality. For her accompanying cover spread, the beauty slays, as usual, sporting a series of monochromatic looks, including a cheeky “the rumors are true” graphic tee, along a variety of hair looks included loose double buns and textured and teased fishtail side braids.
While most fans have long assumed (and celebrated) Janelle’s “queerness”, she has always skirted the issue saying that she only dates androids. Here, she gets as real as she’s ever been:
B”eing a queer black woman in America,” she says, taking a breath as she comes out, “someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.” She initially identified as bisexual, she clarifies, “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.”
The beauty also talked about her fear of no longer being an android:
“What if people don’t think I’m as interesting as Cindi Mayweather?” She’ll miss the freedom of being the android. “I created her, so I got to make her be whatever I wanted her to be. I didn’t have to talk about the Janelle Monáe who was in therapy. It’s Cindi Mayweather. She is who I aspire to be.”
Read the full interview here.