Lil Nas X ‘comes out’ as LGBT with series of tweets
Lil Nas X fans think the ‘Old Town Road’ rapper has come out as LGBT+ after a series of not-so-cryptic tweets.
“Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care,” the 20-year-old tweeted on Sunday, World Pride Day (June 30).
“But before this month ends I want y’all to listen closely to C7osure.”
Taken from his recently released EP 7, ‘C7osure’s’ lyrics talk about letting go and being free.
“Ain’t no more actin’, man that forecast say I should just let me grow,” the track begins.
“No more red light for me, baby, only green, I gotta go.”
In a second tweet, Lil Nas X added: “Deadass thought i made it obvious.”
deadass thought i made it obvious pic.twitter.com/HFCbVqBkLM
— nope (@LilNasX) June 30, 2019
To emphasise his point he shared the cover art for 7, which shows the him on horseback overlooking a futuristic cityscape with a rainbow-coloured skyscraper.
Internet reacts to Lil Nas X ‘coming out’
Fans and celebrities reacted to the news with well wishes.
TV writer Ira Madison III tweeted: “We will protect Lil Nas X at all costs.”
lil nas x collecting his coin after creating “old town road” as a strategy to snatch millions of streams from homophobes before ultimately ending them by coming out on the last day of pride month pic.twitter.com/6PfCjOjo4n
— jordan (@jordanpheard) July 1, 2019
Lil Nas x topping the charts and then coming out at the end of pride of month. pic.twitter.com/fkhAK5V265
— unknöwn (@k1ngofsaigon) July 1, 2019
Singer and YouTuber Thomas Sanders added Lil Nas X to a list of internet personalities who came out during Pride month.
“So this Pride Month has been awesome,” he tweeted.
“Amazing stories by Daniel Howell, Phil Lester, Eugene Lee Yang. Lil Nas X came out. Let’s just keep this spirit going all year.”
Lil Nas X plays Glastonbury
Earlier on Sunday, the Atlanta rapper made a surprise appearance on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage.
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He joined Miley Cyrus and her father Billy Ray Cyrus to perform his breakout hit ‘Old Town Road’, which charted at number one the UK and the US—though not without some controversy.
After gaining popularity on TikTok, the song debuted at 19 on the US country charts before being disqualified for not fitting the genre.
The decision by Billboard sparked a debate on genre and race, with the New York Times among those to call out the industry for discriminating against people of colour.
Lil Nas X said that he “had this idea in mind at first” (that the decision was down to his race), but ultimately put it down to the genre being “guarded.”
“You can have your country song with trap elements, but if it’s by known country artists, then it’s allowed,” he told Teen Vogue. “A black guy who raps comes along, and he’s on top of the country chart, it’s like, ‘What the f*ck?’”