Singer Janelle Monae is a character whose character is shrouded in intrigue. From her looks to her dress sense and even her sexuality, everything about her just appears non-conformist. Stereotypes just don’t work for her, with her active imagination and ever-changing creative mind, Janelle has managed to create an alter ego that has kept her fan base enchanted by her style and engrossed in her sci-fi twist. .

Janelle Monáe was born on December 1, 1985, in Kansas City, Kansas to a janitor mother and a father who worked as a garbage truck driver but struggled with drug addiction throughout his childhood.

The struggles of the working-class community of Quindaro where she grew up became an inspiration to her, the depravity, crime and poverty prevalent in the area became a motivation for Janelle.

As a young girl, it was easy to spot Monáe as a very artistic and intelligent child. Janelle was an outstanding singer and performer at the local Baptist Church, her impressive writing skills inspired her to join the Young Playwrights Roundtable at the Coterie Theater in Kansas City where she wrote plays and musicals.

Janelle Monae attended the prestigious American show Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York, on a scholarship to study musical theater, but her adventure at the Academy did not last long as she dropped out because she felt creatively suffocated, she wanted more space to explore her creative ideas beyond the confines of a classroom.

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In 2001, she moved from New York to Atlanta where she worked for an office depot to earn a living, hunkered down in a cramped boarding house while she self-produced a demo CD titled Janelle Monáe: The Audition.

On tour to promote her music, she rubs shoulders with Chuck Lightning and Nate Wonder, who founded the Wondaland Arts Society label. At age 20, in 2005, she was spotted by Big Boi (member of hip-hop duo Outkast) performing Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly With His Song” at an open mic night.

Impressed by her performance, OutKast, featured Monáe on two tracks, Time Will Reveal and Lettin’ and then Call the Law and Into Your Dreams, from the album Idlewild. Word of her creative talent reached famed P. Diddy (Sean “Puffy” Combs), who signed Monáe to his label Bad Boy Records and released and promoted her EP.

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Janelle Monáe dropped her highly anticipated debut album, The ArchAndroid on May 18, 2010. She unleashed all of her childhood fantasies in the album, recreating her alter-ego, Cindi Mayweather – a robot living in the year 2719. Cindy is a messianic figure for the Android community who is on the run after breaking the law by falling in love with a human.

The album had popular singles such as Cold War, Tightrope and Come Alive. The album peaked at number 17 on Billboard’s US album chart and earned Janelle a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album.

Her second album, The Electric Lady, released in 2013, featured appearances by established names such as Miguel, Solange, Prince and Erykah Badu. The album also continued with the tales of Cindi Mayweather and her adventures as an imaginary science fiction character. The album reached number 5 on the Billboard Top 200.

On April 27, 2018, Janelle released her third full album Dirty Computer, before releasing two new singles, Make Me Feel and Django Jane. The album peaked at number six on the US Billboard 200.

Apart from music, Janelle Monae has explored acting and impressed with her performances in Rio 2 where she played the role of Dr. Monae (voice) and Moonlight 2016 where she played Teresa. She also appeared in Hidden Figures as Mary Jackson.

Janelle’s fashion sense is very interesting, she is almost always seen wearing a black and white tuxedo to all of her performances and stage outings. She wears this outfit in solidarity with her parents who also wore uniforms to work as a janitor and driver.

Is Janelle Monae gay or lesbian?

Janelle Monae’s sexual orientation had always been a source of intrigue until her 2018 interview with Rolling Stone, where she said she considered herself to be someone who had relationships with both men and women. herself identifying as pansexual, meaning she is attracted to people of all genders or genders.

Does she have a husband, a boyfriend?

Janelle once said in a 2011 interview with London Evening Standard that she “only dates androids,” a species consistent with her alter ego, Cindy Mayweather. Although she’s come out to say she sees herself being attracted to both genders, Janelle has kept a lid shut on who she’s been romantically involved with. One name floated as her significant other is actress Tessa Thompson. There is no official confirmation of a relationship between the two parties