Singer and actress Janelle Monae may be at the top of her game professionally but when it comes to her personal life she’s worried about the same things most women are.
In a recent interview with Fault Magazine, the singer was asked to open up about what scares her the most, and the answer may surprise you.
“That I won’t have a family within the time frame that I want to have a family,” Monae responded candidly.
“I want to have children, but I don’t want to miss that time because I was so focused on my career and because I didn’t plan accordingly,” she added. “That scares me most now more than anything.”
Later during the same interview, she also shares her struggles with being “self-editor” and “perfectionist” and believes those traits may have held her back in some ways.
“I don’t enjoy my experiences when I’m so focused on being consistently perfect in every situation,” she said.
“It’s something that I’ve had to work on my entire life actively. It used to consume my experience, and I couldn’t enjoy things because I was so focused on how they were going to be presented.”
“I realized that I connect more with myself and with other people when my faults are being shared for all to see.”
There’s no doubt that fans are in agreement with this last point. Her latest album entitled ‘Dirty Computer’, has easily been her most personal offering yet; especially with songs like ‘Pynk’ that boldly explores sexuality and left many wondering about the nature of her longtime friendship with actress Tessa Thompson.
“I am such an honest person and speak very candidly when I’m with friends and family, and that’s what you’ll hear on this album,” Monae promises. “I sing about politics, race, sexuality, gender on the record but to release the album, I needed to make sure I had the confidence to not self-edit. I needed to be vulnerable, honest and open.”