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Janelle Monáe offers advice to fans struggling to come out

ADVICE: Janelle Monáe

JANELLE MONÁE has offered some words of advice to her fans who are struggling to ‘come out’ after admitted her experience left her feeling fearful.

The singer, who appears on the cover of Them magazine said she thinks honesty is the best policy after choosing to come out as a panseuxal and bisexual and now she’s hoping to be an inspiration to others struggling to reveal their truth.

“Don’t allow yourself to feel any pressure other than the pressure you put on you,” said the 33-year-old. “I think there’s so much power in not labelling yourself.

"That said, there’s also power in saying, 'This is how I identify', and having community with the folks you identify with. Everyone is on a journey of self-discovery, and those of us who may not understand others’ journeys should be more empathetic and tolerant and supportive."

Monáe, who has been romantically linked to Creed II actress Tessa Thompson, went on to say she understood the fear behind coming out, but urged fans to push past whatever they're afraid of.

"A big thing for me is just being patient with myself, and not allowing myself to make decisions based in fear, or a fear of people not understanding me - and it’s hard," she said.

"You go through experiences where you feel fearful, and you end up being depressed, or having anxiety, and not taking care of you. But that fear should not get in the way of how you love or who you love."

"One thing I’ve realised even more was that when you walk in your truth, you can inspire and encourage people to walk in theirs."

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