Kehlani revealed how she felt about some of the criticisms about misrepresenting the LGBTQ community she received after announcing her pregnancy in October.
Kehlani announced her pregnancy in October of this year on social media, revealing that she was expecting a baby girl.
Many fans took issue with the singer’s life change, saying that as a declared lesbian she should not have betrayed the community in this way.
The singer sat down with Nylon to talk about her experiences since announcing her pregnancy.
She said, “I’ve gotten everything from ‘I thought she was a lesbian’ to ‘she was using queerness to promote her career, then went and betrayed us with a man’ to ‘her baby father is just a sperm donor’.”
She reminded the interviewer that she “never identified as a lesbian” and especially did not name herself “the ‘queer icon’ of the century”. She simply revealed that she was pansexual.
She revealed to her fans on Twitter that her sexuality just means that she is “Not bi, not straight.”
She added, “I’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non binary people, intersex people, trans people. lil poly pansexual papa hello good morning. Does that answer your questions?”
Fans got so offended at her language that she eventually had to delete the tweet.
The 23 year old said during the interview, “I have always said, and will always say, there are people out there in this community fighting for equality in realer ways than making songs about it and performing at events like I am, and those are the ‘queeroes’.”
The Good Life singer said those are the people that should actually be praised as ‘queer icons’, saying, “Those are the ones who deserve to be awarded and constantly highlighted.”
She added, “I do appreciate the love I’ve received for just being myself, but, believe me, I’m 80 percent just as uncomfortable with being the front page of any movement or the face/poster child of anything as a lot of people are with me being it.”
She also revealed that fans criticized her usage of the word ‘queer’, saying, “I also saw a lot of discomfort with the use of the word queer,’ hinting that it’s used for folks to run away from identifying with a more ‘solidified’ term like bi/lesbian/gay/pan.”
She gave her fans advice, saying, “Whatever makes you feel your safest, in your truest identity, you should identify as such without being policed by the same community you are supposed to feel most safe with.”
The singer has not announced her due date yet.