Kehlani, who has long identified as queer and bisexual, proclaimed herself a lesbian via a TikTok post on Thursday. In her video, the singer and songwriter said, “I am gay, gay, gay. … I finally know I’m a lesbian.”
The Oakland-born artist joked about coming out to her family as a lesbian. “We know, duh,” she says was her family’s reaction.
The news won’t come as much of a surprise to fans either. As a member and advocate of the LGBTQ community, Kehlani who goes by she/they pronouns, had comments about their sexuality previously, writing in a now-deleted tweet:
“I felt gay always insisted there was still a line drawn as to which ‘label’ of human I was attracted when I really just be walking around thinking ERRYBODY FINE.”
She had also posted a video where she said, “Never have I identified as a lesbian.”
Some of her fans had noticed Kehlani drop the news earlier this month via a short Instagram live video where she confessed, “You wanna know what’s new about me? I finally know I’m a lesbian!” In that same video, she adds, “I just wanted y’all to know that everyone knew but me.”
The 25-year-old has a two-year-old daughter, Adeya, and just last year released her second album, “It Was Good Until It Wasn’t,” via Atlantic Records. The album featured guest appearances by Tory Lanez, Jhené Aiko, Lucky Daye, and James Blake, among others.
Kehlani is an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. She is originally from Oakland, California, where she achieved initial fame as a member of the teen group Poplyfe.
In 2014, Kehlani released her first commercial mixtape, Cloud 19. The mixtape was listed as one of the Complex’s “50 Best Albums of 2014.”
Her second commercial mixtape, You Should Be Here (2015), debuted at number 5 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. In 2016, she was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album for You Should Be Here.