BREAKING: Janelle Monae Allegedly Rocking MC Lyte’s Body

According to a tip from an anonymous Bronx-based loverboi, singing sensation / Sesame Street enthusiast / all-around perfect person Janelle Monáe has allegedly been shacked up in the Greenwich Hotel in New York City for the better part of the last month with her new paramour, rap superstar MC Lyte. The pair are said to have met at BET’s Black Girls Rock show, and have purportedly been floating around adorably ever since.

For the uninitiated, the 44-year-old MC Lyte (born Lana Michele Moorer) began her rap career in the late 1980s and is considered one of the first ladies of hip hop, best known for her hits “Keep On, Keepin’ On” and “Cold Rock A Party.” She’s also an entrepreneur, voiceover actor, public speaker and philanthropist, and she was also the first African-American woman to serve as the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy. Just a few weeks ago, she released a special limited vinyl edition of her newest record “Legend” as part of Record Store Day. Although she has never publicly confirmed longstanding rumors about her sexuality, when asked about the possibility of hip-hop embracing openly gay rappers she answered, “I will never say never. Kudos is such a corny word but Kudos to [Frank Ocean and Michael Sam] or being able to live their lives out loud. If that’s what they needed to do in order to feel free, so be it.”

Although the 29-year-old Monáe was rumored to have been involved with both Prince and Big Bird over the course of her career, she’s also kept her sexuality very much under wraps. When questioned about her predilections, she’s always simply answered that she’s attracted to androids, which begs the question: Is MC Lyte an android?!?!?

A couple of years ago, when directly asked by an interviewer whether she prefers men or women, Monáe answered, “You know what, I keep my personal life to myself. I think one of the things about that is that I want everyone to focus on my music and also I don’t want to let anybody down. I want women to still be attracted to me – go get my album! And I want men to still be attracted to me so I have to be political in this. I can’t really tell y’all.” At the same time, she hasn’t shied away from the hard truths that come with being a woman in an industry designed mostly to appease the male gaze — when a fan criticized her fashion choices on Twitter, she awesomely replied:

With this in mind, we admit that we have very little information on hand to confirm the status of whatever arrangement is going on between Monáe and Lyte, but we can say that both of these women are awesome, and we hope that they’re both enjoying success in their romantic endeavors. They both obviously value their privacy, and without explicit confirmation we can only speculate about how adorable they probably are (or would be) together and how dreamy they (might) look when they hold hands over the table during brunch. Also, if they really are dating, we would like to send them a celebratory gift basket filled with seasonal fruits.

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Stef Schwartz is a founding member and the self-appointed Vapid Fluff Editor at She currently resides in New York City, where she spends her days writing songs nobody will ever hear and her nights telling much more successful musicians what to do. Follow her on twitter and/or instagram.

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  1. pero like who could this anonymous bronx-based loverboi be?

    also, can we just start photoshopping them into dreamy vacation stills like on a beach at sunset or basking on the rocks near a waterfall?

    • I maaaaybe came here looking for some awesome photoshops like the ones for Kiera Knightly’s prom. But maybe, since this is just a rumor? It would be doing too much. I understand. I’ll just have to imagine them holding hands on a sunset beach or sharing ice cream in Central Park in my head. Sigh…

  2. is it just me or does anyone else hear “pass that dutch” in their head every time stef posts an article like this? #canoodling#inseparable

  3. i read this on mediatakeout and i didn’t know what to think. there was this celebrity sighting photo of janelle in new york and she was wearing this all white ensemble and killer heels; girl was killing it.If true they make one hella sexy couple!
    I understand that celebrities want privacy, but I kinda wished that more black, queer celebrities felt comfortable proclaiming how deeply they love the people they are dating.*ahem* queen latifah, rihanna. However, for all of the conflicting feelings I have for raven symone I deeply appreciate that she’s out. Monifah is also another woman who makes my heart happy.

    • These are all of my thoughts!!!! Thank you for articulating them so eloquently.

      • lol, i think we are slowly getting there in the states. The black community are still light years ahead of my home country where the deputy president just this sunday said that gays have no place in kenya.

        • Amen to that, I’m a Kenyan queer lady living in Tanzania and the announcement yesterday just broke my heart.

          • i have hope though, the courts are incredibly progressive: we’ve had some wonderful decisions go our way. I want to get this quote by Gandhi tattooed on my side? (haven’t decided). First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

  4. Are you serious? I thought that this sort of prying, grubby, sleazy innuendo died its very welcome death years ago. I would tell you to be ashamed of yourself, but it seems you have no shame and no self-respect.

  5. OK I was really tired and spend too much time on Pinterest, so when I first read this I thought that “rocking her body” meant “WEARING her body.” Jumbled with “really an android” I then thought that there were rumors that MC Lyte and Janelle Monae had actually shared one robot chassis, and that this was just coming to light. And I thought, this is better than Johnny Cash giving Bob Dylan his guitar. MC Lyte giving Janelle Monae her robot chassis to wear as she continues her world takeover is such a gift of love with such a beautiful hip-hop legacy.

  6. This is a FALSE rumor, I can guarantee you that it couldn’t be further from the truth. All reporting this should e sued tbh. Media Takeout is always linking Lyte to women when in reality Lyte is into MEN!

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