Rapper iLoveMakonnen says coming out as gay was ‘best decision’ he ever made
A Grammy-nominated rapper who came out as gay earlier this month has said doing so was the “best decision” he’s made.
Makonnen Sheran, better known by his stage name iLoveMakonnen, is best known for his 2014 track with Drake, ‘Tuesday’.
The Grammy-nominated artist wrote on Instagram earlier in January saying that he was gay, and then followed up on Twitter to open up to his fans.
On Instagram he wrote: “Thank you for supporting me when I didn’t support myself! Now I’m here to support u all! Always and forever! Love love love!”
Adding: “I can’t tell u about everyone else, I can only tell you about myself! Be brave be free young world of today and old world of tomorrow!”
Then on Twitter, 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”.
He has now reached out again to fans to say that coming out was the “best decision” he’s made.
“The best decision I ever made in my life is coming out of the closet. I feel so much better and happier that I can truly just be me!” he wrote.
Adding: “Don’t be mad if people ain’t fucking with u, they probably too busy doing them, don’t be mad at them, just do you. Stay true and do you.”
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After a positive response from fans, he last week added: “Thank you for letting me be myself.”
Many fans reiterated their support responding to his latest message.
One wrote: “Respek brother. Keep shining”.
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.