Lil Nas X was “concerned” about coming out as gay.
The ‘Old Town Road’ singer came out in June 2019 and has since revealed that he was frightened of informing the world he was gay, but that he knew he had to “stand in [his] truth” for the sake of all other young people like him.
“I was frightened because I knew the world was watching, and all I ever seen for boys like me was judgement and ridicule,” he explained, “but I knew I had to stand in my truth because the world was watching.”
And Nas X, whose real name is Montero Hill, said he hopes society reaches a stage where LGBTQ artists’ popularity is no longer “ground-breaking.”
“Some people think I’m promoting an agenda, and I am,” he stated as he was honoured at the Native Son Awards. It’s known as liberation. When you’re the first to shatter a barrier, there’s no road map, and I hope that one day, gay artists’ mainstream success will no longer be groundbreaking…. There is work to be done until that day comes, and I will continue to do my part.”
Meanwhile, the 22-year-old rapper previously stated that being a good role model is “not [his] job.”
“At first, I felt a sense of responsibility,” he explained. But now I’m not so concerned. It’s not my responsibility. Of course, I want to promote excellent values, but I’m not a parent. At the end of the day, all I’m doing is being myself and hoping that everyone else does the same.
“Part of my strategy is to let people know that I’m going to do whatever the f*** I want, whenever I want, and if you don’t like it, I’ll laugh in your face.”
Nas X recently released his new single, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” which was accompanied by a letter to his 14-year-old self in which he pondered on coming out as gay two years ago.
And now, the artist claims he was afraid that if he wanted to continue his career, he would have to be “straight passing.”
“I thought I wouldn’t be allowed to be really sensuous or anything… like, I’m gay but I’m not ‘gay’… like, I’m gay but I have to make sure you feel like I can be straight passing too,” he explained.