Lil Nas X opens up about coming out and celebrating his sexuality
Lil Nas X has opened up about coming out as “Old Town Road” topped the charts and celebrated his sexuality.
The rapper and singer revealed his homosexuality in June 2019 and admitted in an interview at the time that LGBTQ + people âaren’t really acceptedâ into the country music or rap communities.
In a new interview with SCS, Lil Nas X said he decided to go out when the world’s attention was on him because of ‘Old Town Road’ because it “would have been the most authentic moment.” âIt’s like I’m not doing it for attention,â he explained. “I’m already like the number one artist in the world right now.”
When asked if he was afraid to be himself publicly, he replied, âThere was definitely some fear there. There will always be fear when you do something that literally changes your life. But you just have to do it, you know?
He also spoke about how the music industry wants to group gay performers together. âI feel like I’m definitely a lot more ‘out there’ with it,â he said. âIt’s always been ‘OK, if you’re gay this has to be sanitized. Let’s not include anything sexual â. It’s like, ‘Be gay without being gay. We don’t want to know what’s going on behind closed doors, or we don’t want you to voice it â.
âI say I’ll do it if I want to. And I want all the other artists to feel the same.
Last year, Lil Nas X said he felt “bad” for DaBaby after the rapper suffered huge backlash for making homophobic comments on stage. DaBaby was removed from several festival lineups because of it and then issued an apology to the LGBTQ + community.
âI’m not going to lie, I feel bad for DaBaby,â said Lil Nas X. âI hope he comes out of this. I hope he is able to. But I do not know. The whole landscape is very hypermasculine.