Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kehlani took the internet by storm recently after coming out as “Lesbian” in a video uploaded to her TikTok.
Kehlani, who has a daughter with guitarist Javaughn Young-White, had come out as “queer” in 2018 after sharing a quick kiss on stage with pop singer Demi Lovato. This led to a lot of speculation about her sexuality and curiosity amongst fans around the world.
The pop star then released a statement saying:
"cuz i keep geddin asked.. i’m queer. 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?"
However, earlier in April, Kehlani sparked further discussion regarding her sexual identity after claiming to be a lesbian in an Instagram live session. The news spread like wildfire, following which she was flooded with messages enquiring about the same.
Overwhelmed by the frenzy following her live session on Instagram, Kehlani went onto make the following statement on Thursday:
“ Well its f***** true , I am gay gay gay gay.”
Family and friends react to Kehlani coming out
The singer-songwriter then mentioned that she hasn't really been able to have a heart-to-heart conversation with friends and family regarding her recent self-discovery since none of them were really surprised by the revelation.
“Everyone’s just like we knew duhhh, The closet was made of glass!”
Since then, fans worldwide have showered the 25-year-old with endearing tweets, congratulatory messages, and some suggesting themselves as potential future partners.
Much of Kehlani’s music deals with the underlying themes of struggling with one’s sexuality. Her journey of self-discovery as an independent woman in the 21st century shouldn't rattle anyone.
Kehlani is a shining example of what fluidity and open-mindedness can look like in a climate where LGBTQ+ youth are commonly marginalized.