Did Ariana Grande Just Come Out as Bisexual in Her New Single?

"Monopoly," her collab with Victoria Monét, has fans speculating.

Break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend, ’cause I’m bored?

Pop star Ariana Grande of Thank U, Next royalty has teamed up with out artist Victoria Monét on “Monopoly,” a new single with some very bisexual vibes. In the track, Grande sings a lyric in the first and second post-choruses about “[liking] women and men”:

I like women and men (Yeah)
Work so fuckin’ much, need a twinny, twin, twin (Hey)
You’d be straight for life if I gave you my PIN (Yeah)
Even though we gave up that 90% for the win, go

As Attitude magazine points out, Monét, who’s openly bisexual, also joins in to sing the line the second time around, so it could mean nothing.
 

However, “Monopoly” sparked conversation among Grande’s fans, who began to speculate about her sexuality on social media and even accuse her of “queer-baiting.” (It’s not the first time she’s included nods to same-sex attraction in her work; in fact, the video for “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,” which dropped in February, includes a very sapphic twist at the end.)

On Twitter, the “7 Rings” singer confirmed she hasn’t labeled her sexuality in the past and still “[doesn’t] feel the need to now … which is okay.”

The dialogue comes just months after Grande, an outspoken ally to the LGBTQ community, was announced as the headliner for Manchester Pride 2019. On Twitter, some fans claimed she was exploiting the queer community by headlining the celebration—and noted that ticket prices doubled compared to the previous year.

The pop singer responded with a statement clarifying that she’s “not claiming to be the hero of the community or the face of the LGBTQ rights movement; I just wanna put on a show that makes my LGBTQ fans feel special and celebrated and supported. That’s all I wanna do.”

Heard you loud and clear, Aubrey Ari.

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