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Fri, 23 Apr 2021 01:00:00 -0700
In early April, R&B star Kehlani opened up to The Advocate about how being "straight and cisgender presenting" has played a major part in her meteoric rise
In early April, R&B star Kehlani opened up to The Advocate about how being “straight and cisgender presenting” has played a major part in her meteoric rise. The Grammy-nominated artist, who uses she/they pronouns and proudly identifies as queer, acknowledged, “a lot of artists who we talk about and say, ‘Oh, they had to come out or they had to do this,’ a lot of them can’t hide it. A lot of it is very [much] in how they present. It’s tougher for them.” Kehlani also noted how much more difficult it is, in general, for “trans artists,” as well as “Black gay men” and “Black masculine gay women” to work and even live.
The chart-topping singer clarified in 2018 that she’s queer, but never felt the need to come out, as it were, because people don’t generally see her in that way. Kehlani explained, “I don’t walk down the street and people look at me and go, ‘Oh, I bet she’s queer’ or ‘I bet that she’s into women’ or anything like that because of the way I present.” Acknowledging how lucky she’s been, to progress in her career without suffering from that kind of negative attention, the R&B superstar confirmed she’s raising daughter Adeya Nomi in a firmly queer environment. Now, Kehlani is speaking her truth in a powerful way once more.
Kehlani took to TikTok and noted simply, “I am gay, gay, gay. …I finally know I’m a lesbian,” (via Twitter). According to the California native, her family responded “we know, duh,” upon being told. Kehlani quipped, “the f*****g closet was glass.” As Variety notes, the R&B star previously hinted at an inner struggle over her identity in a since-deleted tweet, admitting, “I felt gay always insisted there was still a line drawn as to which ‘label’ of human I was attracted when I really just be walking around thinking ERRYBODY FINE.” However, Kehlani also shared a video where she argued, “Never have I identified as a lesbian,” (via YouTube). The singer, who collaborated with Cardi B on hit song “Ring,” also shared on Instagram Live earlier this month, “You wanna know what’s new about me? I finally know I’m a lesbian!”
She later added, “I just wanted y’all to know that everyone knew but me.” Most fans naturally assumed Kehlani was joking around, but now it appears she wasn’t. The R&B star, who released sophomore album, “It Was Good Until It Wasn’t,” last year, gushed to The Advocate about raising her daughter, Adeya Nomi, in a queer environment. “All my friends, all her aunties, uncles, her godparents, everybody is just loudly queer,” she enthused. Likewise, “We’ll be reading queer stories, queer books where the baby has two dads, two moms, two parents who don’t identify as either.”
Fri, 23 Apr 2021 01:00:00 -0700
In a TikTok shared on Thursday, April 22, R&B artist Kehlani came out as a lesbian
The singer-songwriter also revealed that they were the last to know
“The f*cking closet was glass.”
Kehlani has officially come out as a lesbian, and apparently, she was the last member of her family to find out. In a TikTok shared on Thursday, April 22, the R&B star finally set the record straight after previously hinting at being gay during a recent Instagram Live. “I’m just gonna f*cking say it because everybody keeps bringing it up to me,” the two-time Grammy-nominated artist said before asking if fans remembered her saying that she “finally” knew she was a lesbian. “Well, it’s f*cking true,” they confirmed. “I am gay-ga-gay-gay-gay.”
The 25-year-old musician then went more in-depth about her own personal coming-out story, revealing that friends and family knew about her sexuality long before she did. “I’m like, ‘Guys, I finally know that I’m gay. Like, I’m gay gay,’” the “Gansta” artist recalled. “They’re like, ‘We know. Duh, stupid.’” Kehlani, however, was expecting (and was actually sort of looking forward to) a more dramatic reaction than the one she got. “I just feel like no. I want you to fall on the floor and be like, “Congratulations, we had no idea! Sh*t,’” she said.
Despite not getting the shocked reaction that they were hoping for, Kehlani seems happy to be on the same page as all of the people who’ve apparently known her sexuality for years. “Damn, everyone’s just like, ‘Duh, you’re the only one who didn’t f*cking know,’” they continued, adding that “the f*cking closet was glass.” And now that she came out to her family and friends, the musician felt it was time to share her story on TikTok. “I guess I just wanted y’all to know that everyone knew but me,” they added.
Kehlani, who shares a two-year-old daughter with guitarist Javie Young-White, opened up about her sexuality on social media years ago before knowing that she was a lesbian. “Cuz I keep geddin asked.. I’m queer,” they wrote in a series of tweets from 2018. “Not bi, not straight. I’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non-binary people, intersex people, trans people. Lil poly pansexual papi hello good morning. Does that answer your questions?”
“And since we on that… I’m the LEAST attracted to straight men, y’all really adorable sometimes tho,” the artist continued in a separate tweet, adding that bisexual men are “little gifts from God.” She also explained why, at the time, she preferred to be labeled “queer” over “gay.” “I felt gay always insisted there was still a line drawn as to which ‘label’ of human I was attracted when I really jus be walking around thinking ERRYBODY FINE,” they added.
Prior to those tweets, Kehlani opened up to MTV in 2017 about the importance of being authentic in both her music and in real life. “I am very openly queer,” the singer-songwriter told the outlet. “I thought that my music lacked representation of how my actual life is. I thought it was important to be myself fluidly in my music and not just in my life … it’s only right that that’s what I make music about and that I’m able to put that out confidently.”
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– April 23, 2021