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Lil Nas X Comes Out As Gay On The Last Day Of Pride Month

On the final night of Pride month, Lil Nas X confirmed that he identifies as gay. The ‘Old Town Road’ rapper took to Twitter to share his sexual orientation with his followers: 

“Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm [f—k with me] no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure,” he wrote, referencing the title track of his new 7 EP. He included a rainbow emoji, one of the most popular symbols of gay pride, at the end. 

“C7osure” includes lyrics that now read as Lil Was X’s struggle to reveal his sexual identity: “Ain’t no more actin’, man that forecast say I should just let me grow.”

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Lil Nas X is no stranger to challenging and breaking boundaries. His song “Old Town Road” topped both the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart as well as the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs charts in March 2019. When Billboard removed ‘Old Town Road’ for “not being country enough,” Lil Nas X defended his song: “The song is country rap. It’s not one, it’s not the other. It’s both.”

He also tweeted the cover of his EP 7, which features a cowboy following a weathervane topped with a rooster — literally, a “weathercock” — that points to a glowing, rainbow-colored cityscape in the distance. 

“deadass thought i made it look obvious” he wrote.  

The image of the cowboy has long been a symbol in the LGBTQ+ community, representing freedom and displaying iconic masculinity. “Many closeted men could relate to the cowboys,” writes Addison Herron-Wheeler. As an artist who blends country and hip hop, the image of an urban cowboy is fitting as Lil Nas X moves forward as an open member of the LGBTQ community. 

After Lil Nas X posted his coming out tweet, Twitter reacted with messages of love and support: 

Nas’ manager Adam Leber also voiced his support with an Instagram post calling Nas “incredibly brave and an inspiration to all the young kids who follow and look up to you.”

According to TMZ, Lil Nas X was inspired to come out after a live performance with Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus in Glastonbury, England. “Lil Nas X feels he can be a role model for other young people who are scared to come out,” TMZ’s sources say.