Watch: In New Interview, Rapper Lil Nas X Says He's Faced Backlash After Coming Out as Gay

Friday July 5, 2019

Lil Nas X performs "Old Town Road" at the BET Awards.
Lil Nas X performs "Old Town Road" at the BET Awards.  (Source:Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Rapper Lil Nas X recently made headlines when he came out on the last day of Pride Month. Though he suggested he's gay (he didn't actually say the word "gay"), the musician confirmed his sexuality in a recent interview and also revealed he's already facing backlash.

While appearing on the BBC Breakfast show Friday, Lil Nas X, who has had the number one song in the U.S. since April with "Old Country Road," confirmed he's gay.

"I am gay," he said when asked.

"How big of a deal is that?" He added. "Is it something that I was considering never doing ever; like taking to the grave or something?

"But I was like, I don't want to just live my entire life, especially how I got to where I'm at, just not doing what I want to do," he said. "I'm also — I feel like opening the doors for more people.

"Because it's not really accepted in either [the country music community or the rap community]," he said.

When asked about backlash to his coming out, the singer said he's "already getting it."

"I used to be that person being negative," Lil Nas X revealed. "I'm not angry or anything...I understand how they want that reaction but I'm just going to joke back with them."

Indeed, he's already fired off a few tweets making light of his coming out.

Lil Was X came out by pointing out to the lyrics of his song "C7osure" and the artwork of his EP which features a building with a rainbow on it.

After coming out South Bend, Ind. mayor and 2020 presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg welcomed him to the LGBTQ "family."

Watch his interview with the BBC below.

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