Singer and actor Janelle Monáe has come out as non-binary in the first episode of the new series of Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Red Table Talk.
Janelle said to hosts, Jada, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield Norris: “I’m non-binary, so I just don’t see myself as a woman, solely. I feel all of my energy. I feel like God is so much bigger than the ‘he’ or the ‘she.’ And if I am from God, I am everything. I am everything. But I will always, always stand with women. I will always stand with Black women. But I just see everything that I am. Beyond the binary.”
Janelle has previously talked about their sexuality, saying they were pansexual back in 2018 and then in 2020 they said in a magazine interview: “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*cker, 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.”
Congratulations to Janelle for living their truth! Watch the whole episode below. Oh and if you’re thinking they might mention ‘the slap’, they don’t. Maybe that’ll be for a special down the line…