On Friday, Janelle Monáe finally released her highly anticipated third album, Dirty Computer. The album is her first full release in four years, following a slew of successful TV and film roles.
Alongside the album’s release, Monáe did an earth-shattering interview with Rolling Stone, in which she finally spoke on her much-rumored sexuality. She states:
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, 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 also spoke to RS about the reasoning behind the album’s message:
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. This album is for you. Be proud.
There are some interesting features on the album, including the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, actress Zoe Kravitz, Pharrell and of course Grimes on the provocative single “Pynk.”
The album will be supported by Monae’s upcoming tour, which kicks off in Seattle on June 11.
Watch the full Dirty Computer film below. You can stream the album here.