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What are Janelle Monáe’s pronouns?

According to the Grammy Award nominee, there are a few correct answers.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 08: Janelle Monae discusses her new album "The Age of Pleasure" as she visits the "Elvis Duran And The Morning Show" on June 08, 2023 in New York City.
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Janelle Monáe is one of the most dynamic artists working today; with multiple Grammy Award nominations under her belt and boasting one of the most captivating screen performances of 2022 in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, the artistic chops don’t get much more lucrative than Monáe’s.

The actress publicly came out as non-binary in an April 2022 episode of Red Table Talk, noting in her interview that “God is so much bigger than ‘he’ or ‘she.'” But what pronouns does the singer use in this new, public step in her life?

What pronouns does Janelle Monáe use?

Janelle Monáe as Andi in Glass Onion Knives Out
Image via Netflix

As foreshadowed in the body above, Monáe continues to use she/her pronouns as she always has, but has since revealed that she also uses they/them in light of her coming out as non-binary. The actress also cheekily described her pronoun as “free-a** m**********r” in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, and frankly, I’ve never been more on board with a distinction in my entire life.

The singer has never been shy about her support for and being a part of the LGBTQ+ community, having identified as both bisexual and pansexual, and participated in the then-trending #IAmNonbinary hashtag on Nonbinary Day in January 2020. In an interview with The Cut a month later, Monáe revealed that she heavily identified with the Steven Universe meme she shared that day, which read “Are you a boy or a girl? I’m an experience.” Of her identification with it, the actress said, “I feel my feminine energy, my masculine energy, and energy I can’t even explain.”

So, to summarize: Monáe uses she/her, they/them, and free-a** m**********r, and she’s not shy about any of them.

Charlotte Simmons
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Charlotte is a freelance writer for We Got This Covered, a graduate of St. Thomas University's English program, a fountain of film opinions, and the single biggest fan of Peter Jackson's 'King Kong,' probably. Having written professionally since 2018, her work has also appeared in The Town Crier and The East