Rapper iLoveMakonnen comes out as gay
A Grammy-nominated rapper has come out as gay.
Makonnen Sheran, better known by his stage name iLoveMakonnen, is most famous for his 2014 track with Drake, ‘Tuesday’.
The Grammy-nominated artist took to Twitter to open up to his fans.
He wrote: “Someone said to me next time they see me, they was gonna f**k me, I said next time I see me, I’m gonna love me up
“As a fashion icon, I can’t tell u about everybody else’s closet, I can only tell u about mine, and it’s time I’ve come out.
“And since y’all love breaking news, here’s some old news to break, I’m gay. And now I’ve told u about my life, maybe u can go life yours”.
After a positive response from fans, he added: “Thank you for letting me be myself.”
The rapper’s fans have broadly welcomed the news, with one writing: “If that’s you, then that’s you, and there’s space for you in this world. Congrats to you for living in your truth”.
Although, of course, a few homophobes just couldn’t keep their mouths shut.
Hip-hop star Frank Ocean won praise previously after he referred to his relationship with a man on his debut album.
Ocean regularly speaks out on LGBT issues, penning a tribute to those lost in the Orlando Pulse mass shooting which left 49 dead.
Kanye West – who contributed to Boys Don’t Cry with a McDonald’s themed poem of his own – has spoken out in support of Ocean, praising the star for combatting homophobia in the music industry.