Keke Palmer Is Sexually Fluid, Plans To Follow Her Heart, Could Change It Up

KeKe Palmer, an actress and singer who recently starred as Zayday Williams, the only character in Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens you’d actually want to hang out with in real life, has confirmed to People Magazine that she has no interest in labeling her sexuality. This means “heterosexual” is definitely off the table, if you know what I mean:

The video was to represent the young woman today – it’s not the traditional woman anymore – and not the specifics of ‘Am I gay? Am I straight? Am I bi?'” the actress-singer, 22, says in the new issue of PEOPLE. “I’m making the rules for myself, and I don’t have to be stuck down to one label.

“I don’t feel the need to define nothin’ to nobody, because I’m always changing. Why say that I’m this or that when I might not be tomorrow?” she says. “I’m gonna follow my own feelings and my own heart.”

Rumors were swirling about Palmer’s sexuality following the release of a music video in which Palmer leaves a man for a woman, played by Cassie, who looks really good in her Calvins:

Furthermore, she appeared on Snapchat kissing Cassie, who apparently is dating P. Diddy and not KeKe Palmer but who are we to say, really?


“This news makes a lot of sense to me,” said Autostraddle Managing Editor Rachel Kincaid, “considering how Cassie’s “Me & U” made me gay, pretty much.”

Palmer became the fifth-highest-paid child star in television during her run as the star of the Nickelodeon sitcom, True Jackson, VP, which may or may not have been your root.


Other television work includes recurring roles on Masters of Sex, Winx Club and 90210. She’s also appeared in films including Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Madea’s Family Reunion, the critically acclaimed Akeelah and the Bee and your favorite VH1-biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. She’s won and been nominated for a ton of Kids’ Choice Awards, NAACP Image Awards and Young Artist Awards.

As a singer, she’s recorded one studio album, put out three mixtapes, appeared on two soundtracks, and released seven singles. “I Don’t Belong to You” is her first music video since 2014’s “Animal.” She also sang the theme song for True Jackson VP, “Change it Up.”

We recommend celebrating this blessed piece of information by treating yourself to a viewing of Joyful Noise, a heartwarming film I incorrectly remembered as being a Christmas movie even though it turns out that it is not a Christmas movie, I just saw it for the first time on Christmas. It stars two other stars who have also been dealing with lesbian rumors for at least a decade, Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. It’s not really a “good movie,” but it’s still a good movie, you know?

Now excuse me as I update this list

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. I’m kind of disappointed that this description of her career didn’t include the Disney jump rope movie. Competitive choreographed jump roping is obviously a career highlight for anyone.

  2. A friend texted me last night as soon as this happened! So exciting. Another queer black woman, feeling brave enough to live her truth, always puts a smile on my face.

    Does anyone else remember what I think was Keke Palmer’s most adorable childhood role? She was Akeelah and the Bee!

    Keke stars as a little nerdy girl from Compton works really hard and takes the Scripps Spelling Bee circuit by storm! With Laurence Fishbourne and Angela Bassett? Am I the only one who remembers this movie? It’s definitely a black family film classic.

    ALSO ALSO, if you are an internet sleuth, you can find a young Keke Palmer interviewing Raven Symone, just a few months into her own coming out, about being out and a role model. I can’t find the whole interview in one video, but a little detective work pulled up the two best parts in separate clips-

    Part 1 (The Direct Gay Mentions):

    Part 2 (IN THE FEELS!):

    It was from Keke’s post “True Jackson” years, she had a short lived teen talk show on BET. My own feeling about Raven aside, I can’t help but think of how adorable the implications of that interview are…

  3. Hahahaaaaa, I completely forgot that Keke played Chili in the TLC movie!! I completely forgot that movie even existed!!!!

    Thanks, Riese. That was awesome.

  4. Oh Riese, how’d I know that you would give me this special holiday present of presenting me this news of Keke Palmer’s sexual ambiguity and the video of CASSIE BITING HER LIP!

    Random tidbit: I always remember to spell your name correctly after the spelling rule, “I before E except after C all them lesbians grrrrl!”

  5. Let us not forget that Keke is going to be in Grease: Live, which I’m sure Autostraddle will be covering when it comes out.

  6. Yaas I have been waiting for this. Since that picture of her looking extremely hot in tims and a sweater with two braids, I had hope

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