Kehlani is now identifying as a lesbian, she revealed during a friend’s Instagram Live on Tuesday (April 7).
The 25-year-old singer, who has previously identified as pansexual and uses she/they pronouns, opened up about her sexuality on social media.
“You wanna know what’s new about me? I finally know I’m a lesbian,” she said during photographer Jamie-Lee B‘s Easter live stream.
In her recent cover story with The Advocate, Kehlani said that her “straight passing” persona has given her “a lot of privilege.”
“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,” she adds, while emphasizing that other Black musicians, who are gay or trans, have a much tougher time than she does in the industry.
Kehlani added, “I didn’t even really have to come out in my private life. I don’t walk down the street and people look at me and go, ‘Oh, I bet she’s queer’ or ‘I bet that she’s into women’ or anything like that because of the way I present.”
“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 percent myself because of the way they present and the biases and the phobias of the American public and the world,” she continued. “I’ve been lucky, super lucky.”
Kehlani shares her two year old daughter, Adeya, with Javaughn Young-White.