Lil Nas X opens up about suicidal thoughts and teenage gay shame in powerful new video
Lil Nas X dropped his “Sun Goes Down” video – and it’s an emotional one.
Everyone’s new favourite pop icon has been teasing the “important” song for a few days, and upon its release fans were blown away by its introspective lyrics and moving music video.
The guitar-laced track sees Lil Nas X recalling how he was “haunted” by “these gay thoughts” and would pray to God to “take it from me”.
“Send me a gun and I’ll see the sun,” he sings in the chorus – ultimately realising: “I’m happy by the way / That I made that jump, that leap of faith.
“I’m happy that it all worked out for me / I’ma make my fans so proud of me.”
The “Sun Goes Down” video shows Lil Nas X visiting his teenage self, who is struggling with loneliness and his identity, working at a Taco Bell, stanning Nicki Minaj and taking classes at high school.
The clip, which was directed by Nas alongside Psycho Films, concludes with him offering support and love to his younger self, who then proceeds to dance joyously at his prom.
Fans were in agreement that “Sun Goes Down” is both an emotional gut punch and a certified bop.
Me after watching Sun goes down by lil Nas pic.twitter.com/Fyecic4TfY
— 🏜 (@kianamcf1) May 21, 2021
Damn why is that Lil Nas X song so sad yet so catchy? pic.twitter.com/F9USEA5KQt
— #1 Jalen Hurts Fan Account (@bradeagles27) May 21, 2021
Listening to Sun Goes Down by Lil Nas X pic.twitter.com/kpPb9NeTgB
— M•a•r•c•u•s (@MaterialReed) May 21, 2021
me after listening to Sun Goes Down by Lil Nas X pic.twitter.com/sPnYlxvpPi
— rin ★彡 (@rinnmatsu) May 21, 2021
Sun Goes Down- Lil Nas X
0:30 ━━❍─────── 2:48
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volume: ▁▂▃▄▅▆▇ 100% pic.twitter.com/yTB0aE5sAK
— emily schoessler 🙂 (@EmSchoessler) May 21, 2021
me after listening to sun goes down by lil nas x pic.twitter.com/hAtdTJDyk9
— Josh Phillips (@Skitskape11) May 21, 2021
One fan shared that listening to the song made them experience “repressed memories of queerphobia”.
just listened to sun goes down by lil nas x and experincing repressed memories of queerphobia pic.twitter.com/h0PEA1qMT6
— JUSTICE FOR BLACK LIVES (@ardennTV) May 21, 2021
For many queer people, the lyrics “hit a little too close to home”.
"These gay thoughts would always haunt me, I prayed God would take it from me" hit a little too cose to home https://t.co/XSnur77Ffp
— alex (@alx_nicole_) May 21, 2021
Even Taco Bell tweeted about “Sun Goes Down”, saying it had the track “currently on repeat”. Nas responded: “we want the lil nas x meal”. And yes.
we want the lil nas x meal
— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) May 21, 2021
Lil Nas X will be the musical guest for this weekend’s Saturday Night Live finale. He’ll appear on the show alongside The Queen’s Gambit actress Anya Taylor-Joy, who will be hosting, and will perform both “Sun Goes Down” and “Montero”.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.
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