In 2018, hip-hop/R&B superstar Kehlani is one of the most visible LGBTQ artists performing. Especially since her unabashedly queer hit “Honey” was released last year, fans have flocked to the 23-year-old singer, praising her artistry and claiming her as one of the latest queer icons.
But in the new cover story for Nylon, Kehlani said that was never a title that she was eager to claim. The artist opened up in her new interview about her recent pregnancy announcement, saying the reaction from some in her queer fanbase has left her questioning what it is that she brings to the table as a pansexual artist.
“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 said of her fans’ reaction to the news of her pregnancy. “I never identified as a lesbian. I’ve always been pansexual. My first mixtape included songs about males, and songs about women.”