After five long years, Janelle Monáe is back with her third studio album, Dirty Computer. Earlier today, the queen released a music video for “Make Me Feel.”
The video has Monáe walking into a club with actress Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok). Throughout the clip, Monáe flirts with Thompson, while also flirting with a man.
Fans have taken to Twitter to express their joy and speculations that Thompson and Monáe are in a relationship.
janelle monae and tessa thompson coming out with their relationship in music video form is the best thing to happen in 2018 so far…. the gays are so Extra™ and powerful we grow stronger every day we are undefeatable pic.twitter.com/8NKFNdKJ28
— gabi, a shuri fan acc (@harleivy) February 22, 2018
Get ready, @JanelleMonae dropped a music video and @carmencitaloves said it best: "This is pure, unadulterated black bisexual happiness. It’s gonna make you smile. Here, have some joy with your day." https://t.co/PYqthaGdHn
— Autostraddle (@autostraddle) February 22, 2018
Update: I’m crying in the middle of campus while eating chicken nuggets because Janelle Monae has come OUT and has confirmed her relationship w queen Tessa Thompson!!!!!!!!!!!!
— reparations now (@angrynegritx) February 21, 2018
Despite the playful depictions of bisexuality, Monáe has kept her sexuality out of the spotlight, simply identifying herself as “sexually liberated.”
She describes “Make Me Feel” as a “celebratory song.”
“I hope that comes across,” she tells The Guardian. “That people feel more free, no matter where they are in their lives, that they feel celebrated. Because I’m about women’s empowerment. I’m about agency. I’m about being in control of your narrative and your body. That was personal for me to even talk about: to let people know you don’t own or control me and you will not use my image to defame or denounce other women.”
As if one Janelle Monáe masterpiece wasn’t enough, she also dropped the music video for “Django Jones.”
Dirty Computer is due out April 27