Kehlani has declared she is a lesbian.
The singer, 25, came out during an Instagram Live on Wednesday, saying she ‘finally knows’ her sexuality.
‘You wanna know what’s new about me? I finally know I’m a lesbian,’ she said during photographer Jamie-Lee B‘s Live.
Hot off the press! Kehlani has declared she is a lesbian
Kehlani – who is mother to two-year-old daughter Adeya, whom she shares with Javaughn Young-White – has previously stated she is pansexual and that she wishes to be referred to by she/they pronouns.
She told The Advocate recently: ‘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. 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.
Orientation: The singer, 25, came out during an Instagram Live on Wednesday, saying she ‘finally knows’ her sexuality
‘I’ve been lucky, super lucky.’
Kehlani highlighted her fluid sexuality with a prom-themed photoset for Playboy in February,
The R&B starlet was both prom queen and king in the cover image, which evoked an idealized high school dance and the glamorous night leading up to it.
In an interview with the racy publication, the songstress delved into embracing both her feminine and masculine sides.
She showed off her tattoos in the cover image, which featured her in a red-and-black patterned off-the-shoulder dress with a high slit to showcase her legs.
She also tried on a more traditionally masculine outfit with a red velvet tuxedo and a white shirt that was only partially buttoned and tucked in.
‘I always wanted to date me,’ she joked as she posted the photo to Instagram.
The singer highlighted her curves in another photo taken on the dance floor that showed her in a sparkling sequined gown with a bow design on it that was bathed in amber light.
Masculine and feminine: Kehlani opened up about gracing the cover of Playboy on Wednesday in a shoot highlighting her gender fluidity
Kehlani was also seen partying in a dressing room, where she popped open a bottle of Dom Pérignon and let the expensive champagne spew everywhere.
A steamy closeup featured her pouring some of the bubbles onto her tongue.
Another set of images showed the Can I singer dressed up in a glamorous 1950s-era outfit.
Her white off-the-shoulder dress was tightly ruched and barely protected her modesty, looking more like a fan than an outfit.
Classic: Kehlani wore an avant-garde white dress that seemed inspired by the shape of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white dress in The Seven Year Itch after it’s blown up by a sewer grate breeze
The avant-garde dress appeared to be inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white dress in Billy Wilder’s 1955 film The Seven Year Itch, which was famously blown up when she stepped over a sewer grate cover.
Kehlani’s update outfit looked like the wind-swept skirt had been preserved while the rest of the dress was jettisoned.
She posed inside the gray suede interior of a classic white Cadillac.
In an interview with Playboy, Kehlani said she feels ‘very fluid’ whether she’s affecting a masculine or feminine appearance.
‘I feel more masculine when I am in my stillness and I’m grounded in a quiet, contemplative mode. I feel most feminine when I’m being the mother of my house,’ she explained.
In flux: In her interview with Playboy, Kehlani said she feels ‘very fluid’ whether she’s affecting a masculine or feminine appearance
It depends: ‘I feel more masculine when I am in my stillness and I’m grounded in a quiet, contemplative mode. I feel most feminine when I’m being the mother of my house,’ she explained
‘I also feel my femininity when I take time for self-care — when I take really beautiful baths where I throw some flowers in and I do a hair mask and take time oiling my body in the mirror and saying how beautiful I feel,’ she continued.
‘My femininity makes me feel soft and gentle and tender and careful in a different way than my masculinity makes me feel. I’m trying not to let it fall into the gender norms of feminine and masculine, but for me it does a tiny bit. But I also am very fluid in both of those settings.’
Kehlani, who gave birth to her daughter Adeya Nomi Parrish Young-White in March 2019, also said that becoming a mother has made her feeling like an ‘insane sex symbol.’
‘I feel the sexiest when I’m really bare — when I’m taking extra time to oil up after my bath and put essential oils into my shea butter. For me, sexy is very internal,’ she said. ‘It’s in the comfort and the feeling — not when do I look most sexy, but when do I feel scrumptious?
Sex symbol: Kehlani, who gave birth to her daughter Adeya Nomi Parrish Young-White in March 2019, also said that becoming a mother has made her feeling like an ‘insane sex symbol’
‘Being a mom is the sexiest thing ever,’ she continued. ‘I think something happened to me when I became a mom; I just became sexier. I was this quirky little person before — not super in touch with myself, a super tomboy.
‘Then I became a mom, and all of a sudden I got these mom hips. I got this mom sensuality and grown-woman attitude and in-touch-ness with my body that I never had before,’ she explained.
‘You really f**ing get to know your body when you birth. When you get pregnant, you become a f***ing universe and a portal. So I think motherhood has made me this insane sex symbol even to myself.’