For years, Kehlani has stood as a pillar for queer representation in music. Now, the R&B star is sharing even more of herself with the world.
In a now-deleted TikTok clip, Kehlani revealed to her followers that she is ready to publicly identify as a lesbian, rather than just queer, the term she’s publicly identified with since 2018. “I finally know I’m a lesbian,” she said. “I am gay, gay, gay.”
The singer then went on to say that she’s started having emotional “heart-to-hearts” with her family to let them know about her identity — and that she’s mostly been met with unsurprised responses. “I’m like, ‘Guys, I finally know that I’m gay. Like, I’m gay gay.’ And they’re like, ‘We know. Duh, stupid, duh,’” she said. “I just feel like, ‘No.’ Like, I want you to fall on the floor and be like, ‘Congratulations we had no idea!’”
She continued, joking about how no one has reacted with anything but anticipation. “Everyone’s just like, ‘Duh. You’re the only one who didn’t f—ing know. The f—ing closet was glass,’” she said. “So I guess I just wanted y’all to know that everyone knew but me.”
Check out the clip of Kehlani talking about being a lesbian below: