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Kehlani appears to come out as ‘lesbian’ in Instagram Live after opening up about sexuality ‘privilege’

Kehlani appears to have come out as a lesbian (Picture: Getty Images)

Kehlani surprised her social media followers this week after appearing to come out as lesbian. 

The 25-year-old singer revealed the news during an Instagram Live alongside her photographer Jamie-Lee B over Easter.

In a casual and brief moment, Kehlani asked her followers: ‘Wanna know what’s new about me?’

She then announced: ‘I finally know I’m a lesbian.’

Jamie-Lee then laughed: ‘Bomb drop.’

Kehlani hasn’t mentioned the revelation since but she did open up about her sexuality in a recent interview.

Speaking to The Advocate, the singer said that her ‘straight-passing’ persona has given her ‘a lot of privilege’.

 

She explained: ‘I think 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. It’s tougher for trans artists.

‘It’s tougher for Black gay men. It’s tougher for Black masculine gay women.’

Kehlani went on to say that it’s unlikely people look at her and think she’s queer or ‘into women’ because of the way she presents herself.

‘That’s all privilege and I think that there are quite a few artists who were truly at the forefront but weren’t able to make the strides that I was able to make being 100% myself because of the way they present and the biases and the phobias of the American public and the world … I’ve been lucky, super lucky,’ she explained.

The Gangsta singer then acknowledged the ‘beautiful Black trans women’ she has in her life and who are ‘living their true f*****g power’.

In 2018, Kehlani revealed she was pansexual and said she had ‘never identified as lesbian’.

‘My first mixtape included songs about males, and songs about women,’ she told Nylon.

‘My first album had songs about a nonbinary ex, an intersex ex, and male/female exes. I don’t always make it a point to identify pronouns in the music because that isn’t the focal point. I think what steered everyone in the direction of categorising my sexuality (which is still really narrow-minded) was my song Honey, and a couple of the features I’d done after.’

Kehlani is mother to two-year-old daughter Adena who she shares with ex-boyfriend and guitarist Javie Young-White.


Credit: Original article published here.

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