Janelle Monae is at the top of the charts with the new release of “The Electric Lady,” the prequel to 2010’s “The ArchAndroid.” Now on the heels of the album’s release, many people are speculating about Monae’s sexual orientation. As if it’s anyone’s business.

In a recent interview with Pride Source, Monae basically said she’s going to let people think what they want to think.

“I actually have never heard that,” Monae told Pride Source. “This is the first time I’m hearing it. But I will say that a lot of my work always comes from an authoritative stance, so it may not be about me; it may just be about a story, or something that I’ve witnessed, or my imagination. You just never know.”

She said it’s fine people are relating the music directly to her. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being gay or lesbian or straight or black or green or purple, so I’m OK with that.”

Below are a couple of questions that were asked:

“Q.U.E.E.N.” uses phrases like “throwing shade” and “serving face,” which are often heard in drag culture. Has the drag world influenced your style and how you present yourself and your music?

Yes. I think it is an art form that’s so funny and so inspiring, so I use it in my lyrics. I have gay friends who speak in this language, and it’s just hilarious and entertaining and I thought it would be cool to, you know, give them something to kiki about.

Because of your fondness for suits, people have described you in some ways as being a drag king.


How do you feel about the term “gender bender” as it’s applied to you?

I think it’s awesome. I think it’s uniting; I’m a uniter. I won’t allow myself to be a slave to my own interpretation of myself nor the interpretations that people may have of me. I just live my life, and people can feel free to discuss whatever it is that they think and use whatever adjectives they feel. It’s a free country.

Live your life people, stop worrying about what goes on in someone else’s house.

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  • Wong Chia Chi

    If she is gay or bi I don’t give a flying f***! I love her music, her style, the way she presents herself.

    And… since when is wearing a suit drag? I thought androgyny, like Annie Lennox in her early Eurythmics days or Grace Jones, was more of the look she was going for. American culture is so…backwards sometimes in the way it interprets certain things. Androgyny is the norm in many art forms in other cultures like in Europe and Asia but in America anything other than hyper femininity and very narrow definition of that usually represented here to be hypersexuality and T&A in your face, is automatically masculine? What?

    Just because Janelle Monae isn’t sticking her p***y in your face that doesn’t make how she presents herself any less feminine and beautiful. There are MANY different ways of expressing yourself and your gender/sexuality and I definitely don’t get the butch vibe from her.

    Which in my mind is a SHAME because…I would be happy to hear that she was gay or bi because while I am straighter than Nixon if Janelle Monae came up to me right now and said “I want you.” That’s it. I’d be done with men for the rest of my life. Janelle is all anyone needs.

    Yeah I said it! And I know I ain’t the only one been thinking it because that woman is so GORGEOUS I would drink her dirty bath water.

    Maybe thats where the questioning of her sexuality is coming from, people with wishful thinking!

  • BeanBean

    Accusing celebrities of being gay is a big thing now. She’s in good company. It means that Janelle’s life is so straight (no drug, DUI, twerking scandals) that the only thing the media can question is her sexuality. Gay, Bi, straight, it doesn’t matter to me.

  • Oshh

    You know as .much as I love her artistry its her lyrics people, on a few of her songs that would cause anyone to be like what??? Not her style of dress or level of success or because she is different but her very own lyrics. Like she said its the story.

    • MommieDearest

      Good point. On her CD she remakes “I Want You Back” (the Jackson Five) and she does NOT change the words to indicate that she is singing to/about a man. It reminds me of when Michelle D’Ingecello (I KNOW I butchered her name but I don’t feel like looking it up) remade “Who is He, and What is He to You?” by Bill Withers and didn’t change the pronoun “He.” Kind of makes you go “hmmmmm” LOL!

      Anyway, makes no difference to me. I love her. In the stale, played-out world that is pop music she is a nice, cool, refreshing drink of water.