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Kehlani Opens Up About the Public's Response to Her Pregnancy

Kehlani Opens Up About the Public's Response to Her Pregnancy

Kehlani looks stunning on the cover of Nylon‘s latest issue, available now.

Here’s what the 23-year-old musician had to share with the mag:

On the response to her pregnancy: “I’ve gotten everything from ‘I thought she was a lesbian’ to ‘she was using queerness to promote her career, then went and betrayed us with a man’ to ‘her baby father is just a sperm donor.’”

On identifying as queer: “I never identified as a lesbian. I’ve always been pansexual. My first mixtape included songs about males, and songs about women. My first album had songs about a nonbinary ex, an intersex ex, and male/female exes. I don’t always make it a point to identify pronouns in the music because that isn’t the focal point. I think what steered everyone in the direction of categorizing my sexuality (which is still really narrow-minded) was my song ‘Honey,’ and a couple of the features I’d done after.”

On how her views on activism have changed: “My understanding of activism changed from thinking only physical activism—marching, boycotting, striking—was valid. There are so many people working hour to hour within publications, local committees, or their respective professional fields to shift the paradigm. Countless movements and staples of activist culture have been sparked, revised, and preserved by powerful voices on social media. It’s becoming fairly clear that resistance has no definite shape.”

For more from Kehlani, visit Nylon.com.

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