Tinashe is getting candid about her sexuality.
The “Rascal” singer covers the Autumn 2020 issue of GAY TIMES where she opens up about being bisexual. While she has shied away from labeling herself in the past, she is now comfortable enough now to call herself bi.
“It’s not that I don’t like putting a label on it,” she told the U.K. magazine. “But when you say you’re bisexual, a lot of people think… they just have a lack of understanding about what it is. And I tend to shy away from terms—I guess this is the theme of my life—that make people want to categorize me or put me in a box.”
She added, “I don’t like that shit. But—but—I can still give you a general sense of yeah, I’m bisexual. I’m somewhere on the spectrum. You know?”
She also addressed the misconceptions and stereotypes around bisexuality. “It’s not like all bisexual people like men and women equally—or like all bisexual people are a certain type of person,” she said. “Human beings are so versatile. I don’t understand why we’re so obsessed with categorizing each other.”
She continued, “I never wanted people to think that I used it for attention. There are so many fucking stereotypes about being bisexual that made me want to shy away from talking about it. I’m much more open to having those discussions now.”
This is not the first time Tinashe has spoken about being a part of the LGBTQ+ community. In 2011, the “2 On” singer tweeted about how she likes both boys and girls.
“I like boys. and I like girls. I just got so much love love loveeeeee to give #sueme,” tweeted Nashe.
I like boys. and I like girls. I just got so much love love loveeeeee to give #sueme
— TINASHE (@Tinashe) October 11, 2011
According to Pride.com, she also addressed the topic in a since-deleted Tumblr post in 2012. “I don’t necessarily want to put a title on it, ’cause as soon as you put a title on it, people, you know, put it into a category where it has to be 50/50,” she wrote. “But I definitely know that I have an attraction to everyone and I love everybody.”
In addition to embracing her sexuality, Tinashe continues to release new music. Last month, she released her single “Rascal (Superstar)” and recently collaborated with JoJo (“Love Reggae”) and Iggy Azalea (“Dance Like Nobody’s Watching”).