Kehlani Opens Up About The Backlash She Received After Announcing Her Pregnancy
Ever since Kehlani revealed that she is pregnant with a baby girl back in October, she has actually received a lot of backlash for it! Now, the star is opening up about her life as an expectant mother and LGBTQ icon in the public eye!
During an interview for Nylon, the singer explains that ‘I've gotten everything from 'I thought that she was lesbian' to 'she was using queerness just to promote her career, then went on and betrayed us with a man' to 'her baby father's just a sperm donor.’’
However, Kehlani noted that she’s never actually ‘identified as a lesbian’ but as pansexual, or just ‘queer.’
‘I have always said, and I will always say, there's people out there in this community fighting for equality in more real ways than making songs about it and performing at events like me, and those are the 'queeroes.' They are the ones who deserve to be awarded and to be constantly highlighted,’ she went on to say.
The celeb shared with the outlet that she gets a lot of criticism every day for her use of the word ‘Queer.’
‘I also saw a lot of discomfort with the use of the word queer,' hinting that it is used for folks to run away from identifying with a more 'solidified' term such as bi/lesbian/gay/pan,’ the singer stated.
But earlier this year when she used the word to tell her fans her sexual identity, she also told her fans that for her, ‘Queer’ means ‘Not bi, not straight.’
She went on to further explain that ‘I'm attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, nonbinary people, intersex people, trans people. Lil poly pansexual papa hello good morning. Does that answer your questions?’
But because a lot of people were offended by the language she used, Kehlani ended up deleting her tweets on the matter.
During the interview, she also shared what bothers her the most about being a public personality.
‘I do appreciate the love I have received for being myself, but, believe me, I am 80 percent just as uncomfortable with being on the front page of any movement or the poster child of anything as a lot of people are with me being it.’