Lil Nas X Discusses Backlash After Coming Out As Gay

Rising hip-hop/country star Lil Nas X has discussed the backlash he has experienced after publicly coming out as gay in a new BBC interview, highlighting that his sexuality isn’t accepted in both the hip-hop or country scenes.

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Lil Nas X is currently experiencing a massive upswing in his career, largely thanks to a Billboard chart controversy that propelled him into the public consciousness.

His hugely popular hip-hop/country fusion ‘Old Town Road’ released earlier this year, was taken down from the Hot Country chart after debuting at No. 19, reasoning that it did not embrace enough elements of today’s country music as a genre. However, it was left on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop list, leading to accusations of racism at Billboard, and sparking a conversation about the racism endemic in the country music scene at large.

Lil Nas X has used this controversy to his advantage, however, finding greater prominence and securing a record deal with Columbia. And at the end of June’s Pride month, Lil Nas X surprised fans by coming out as gay in a series of nonchalant, cryptic tweets, and suggesting to fans that they listen more closely to the lyrics of his song ‘C7osure (You Like)’. The track highlights the twenty year old’s newfound decision to be open about his sexuality:

“Brand new places I’ll choose and I’ll go, I know
Embracing this news I behold unfolding
I know, I know, I know it don’t feel like it’s time
But I look back at this moment, I’ll see that I’m fine
I know, I know, I know it don’t feel like it’s time
I set boundaries for myself, it’s time to cross the line.”

In a new BBC interview, the hip-hop star spoke about what it has meant for him to come out after finding fame,

“It was something I was considering just never doing ever, just taking to the grave…I don’t want to just live my entire life- especially how I just got to where I’m at- just not doing what I want to do…”

Speaking to presenters, Lil Nas X also said that he is “also opening doors for more people” and he hopes that his coming out will make his fans “feel more comfortable”, as he acknowledged “especially within the country and hip hop communities… its not really accepted in either.

His decision to come out follows in the footsteps of other famous queer artists including Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean. It appears that we are slowly inching towards a time where an artist’s sexuality will no longer be the defining feature of their persona and relationship with their art and fans.

However, it is still not without consequences. When asked if he is expecting any backlash, he responded, “Oh I’m already getting it”, underscoring the negative side of our constantly hyper-connected online community and the strides that still need to be made in LGBTQIA+ acceptance.

It appears that it’s not something that Lil Nas X will let get him down, however, stating:

“I’m not angry or anything… I’m just gonna joke back with them”.

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