Singer/songwriter Janelle Monae has refused to deny persistent rumors she is a lesbian - joking to fans that she only dates androids.
The 24 year old has been dogged by speculation about her sexuality and in a new Rolling Stone magazine interview, she's provoked further comment.
The star, who released her debut album The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III) in May, tells the publication, "The lesbian community has tried to claim me, but I only date androids. Nothing like an android, they don't cheat on you."
Monae is well known for her masculine dress sense, and she admits it was inspired by her parents: "I call it my 'uniform'. My mother was a janitor and my father collected trash, so I wear a uniform too. I'm trying to open doors for girls who look like myself and have been told they can't sing about this or that."