Janelle Monae has come out as non-binary on the new season of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook show, Red Table Talk.
The musician and actress, whose rep confirmed she still uses the pronouns ‘she/her’ despite the news, was joined on the programme by her mother.
Monae told Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith: “I’m nonbinary, so I just don’t see myself as a woman solely. I feel all of my energy.
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“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.
“That opens you up to fall in love, with any beautiful spirit.”
The host responded: “Ohh that’s beautiful.”
After the episode aired, fans rushed to social media to share their admiration for the star.
One penned: “Watched it and cried! So beautiful to see you shine and be yourself!”
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“Oh my gosh this interview was so beautiful and so inspiring,” said another. “Crying the whole way through it.
“You have given so many people, including myself, the representation and the confidence/courage they needed to live authentically, especially for the lgbtqi+ community. Thankyou.”
Pitching in, a third added: “I don’t know why I thought Janelle Monae already came out as nonbinary around the time of ‘Dirty Computer’.
“That might’ve been my own nonbinary a** projecting and remembering wrong or something but whatever. Janelle, I love you.”
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