Singer/songwriter Kehlani announced that she is four months pregnant today, sharing beautiful photos of her baby bump on her Instagram and Twitter pages.
“I am so honored to be given this gift by spirit, creator, and an amazing partner whom I trust with my body and life…” she wrote in the caption of the Instagram post.
She later revealed that she will be having a girl and dropped hints on why she’d been keeping it a secret.
“I knew sharing something so personal and precious could bring stress into my world but there isn’t a word anyone would say my way that could take away from this,” she continued.
After the announcement, well wishes poured in from Kehlani’s fans and her peers in the music industry,
“Congratulations!!!!,” tweeted Missy Elliott. “May God Blessings pour upon your child in great health mind body & soul. [sic]”
“I am so happy for you sis!” singer Janelle Monae wrote. “You will slay mamahood. Just gorgeous. Congrats to you both!”
But amidst the congratulations, the announcement raised some confusion for some because the singer has identified herself as “queer” in the past. Many questioned how Kehlani could have gotten pregnant because she has been open about being attracted to women.
One person went so far as to make a composite photo of the baby announcement photo and a screenshot of a Kehlani interview where she talks about being queer.
Kehlani retweeted the image and added, “Imagine thinking queer means lesbian and either means unable to have babies.”
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i’ve always been very open with you all about my personal adventures & accomplishments... this was the HARDEST to hide. if you know me, you know i’ve dreamt about motherhood since i was very young. when asked what my goals are, it’s always the idea of a big healthy happy family & whatever comes along is a plus . i am so honored to be given this gift by spirit, creator, and an amazing partner whom i trust with my body and life. i knew sharing something so personal and precious could bring stress into my world but there isn’t a word anyone would say my way that could take away from this. dearest little girl, i am so proud to be your mommy. i am so proud to have received you. i cannot wait to meet you, i know you will be 50,000 times more special than i can even imagine at this moment. i am happy to document this journey and feel the freedom any pregnant person should. i’m looking forward to sharing my little world with you all... my partnership with my very best friend and lover, our journey of conception, my choice for a natural home birth with my AMAZING midwives at @parteramidwifery and eventually... the little pumpkin! i am now a HOME. 4 months and counting with you, angel of mine. SHE DONT WANNN HIDE NO MO ???????????? we’re so ready for you mija!
In April, Kehlani tweeted a clarification of what she means when she says she is queer, Billboard reports.
“I’m queer,” she wrote. “Not bi, not straight. I’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non-binary people, intersex people, trans people. lil poly pansexual…”
Now that Kehlani has revealed that she is in a relationship with the father of her child, it’s raised questions about who he is. In her Instagram stories, she revealed that she hasn’t been hiding his identity and that he’s been in multiple pictures that she has shared on social media.
As Life & Style reports, there’s speculation that her friend Javie Young White could be her baby’s father. She’s been in quite a few photos with him, and according to the tabloid, she recently commented “Hey, dad” under one of his photos.
In a subsequent tweet, Kehlani announced that she plans to reveal more about her partner and their relationship, so it looks like lots of questions will be answered soon.