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Janelle Monáe’s New Album ‘Dirty Computer’ Serves As Her Coming Out Moment



 just dropped third studio album, Dirty Computer. In an interview with Rolling Stone that published prior to its release, she came out as pansexual, and several songs on the LP serve as part of the reveal.

Perhaps the most overt reference is on “Don’t Judge Me.” The track, which is produced by Roman GianArthur, Nate “Rocket” Wonder, and Monáe herself, features lyrics describing the inner conflict she has experienced while not being publicly open about her sexuality:

The water’s perfectly good
Let’s reintroduce ourselves, from a free point of view
If I’m gon’ sin, it’s with you
Tattoo your love on my heart, let the rumors be true

Meanwhile, the single “Make Me Feel” seems to be a double entendre referring to her love interest and questions about her sexuality:

Baby, don’t make me spell it out for you
All of the feelings that I’ve got for you
Can’t be explained, but I can try for you
Yeah, baby, don’t make me spell it out for you
You keep on asking me the same questions (why?)
And second-guessing all my intentions

In support of the theory, Monáe goes back and forth between a man and actress Tessa Thompson in the video for the song. Many gossip sites have speculated that the singer and Thompson are dating.

The third single, “PYNK,” embraces female empowerment and sexuality with visual innuendos in the music video and lyrics referring to the female anatomy:

Pink like the tongue that goes down, maybe
Pink like the paradise found
Pink when you’re blushing inside, baby
Pink is the truth you can’t hide, maybe
Pink like the folds of your brain, crazy
Pink as we all go insane

Monáe similarly hints at her true sexuality on “I Like That”:

Sometimes a mystery, sometimes I’m free
But they don’t know my mood or my attitude
Sometimes I wanna roll or stay at home
Walking contradiction, guess I’m factual and fiction

Taken as a whole, the lyrics line up with Monáe’s Rolling Stone reveal. “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 motherfucker,” she explained. After sharing that she initially identified as bisexual, Monáe said pansexuality seemed like a better description of her orientation. “I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too,‘” she stated. “I’m open to learning more about who I am.”


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