Lil Nas X Is Done Being Afraid to Be Himself

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday May 4, 2021

Lil Nas X in a screenshot from "MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name)."
Lil Nas X in a screenshot from "MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name)."  (Source:YouTube)

Rapper Lil Nas X is ready to be himself — even if it means "alienating" a few of his straight fans.

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, the "Old Town Road" hitmaker talked about the praise and pushback he's received since releasing a gay sex positive video for his new song "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)."

"At first I was really afraid of alienating any of my straight fans," he tells Entertainment Weekly. "But then it was kind of like, if they feel offended, they were never really here for me. They were here for whatever version of myself they made up in their head."

Since the release of the controversial video, Nas X has been on a coming out tour of sorts to show the world who he truly is and why he won't be hiding who he is anymore.

He made an appearance on the YouTube show "Arts & Raps" to explain coming out. Next Nas X is set to perform on May 22 episode of SNL.

"At the end of the day, you are the main person that has to depend on you before anybody else," he tells Entertainment Weekly. "You have to love and nourish yourself."

Nas X is certianly leading by example.

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