Montero Lamar Hill, better known as Lil Nas X, has opened up about being gay and what it was like for him during his youth in an interview with Gayle King on “CBS This Morning”.
When Gayle King asked whether the “Old Town Road” and “Padini” rapper knew he was gay ever since he was a little boy. Nas replied with “Definitely. I knew, Especially around my teenage years. I was just like praying, praying, praying.“.
Gayle King then asked why he said praying in his answer, which prompted Nas to reply with “That it was like a phase, [that it would] go away,”
He later would add that because of the position he was in, being a successful rapper, it was easier for him to come out. But, it might be difficult for some little boy 10 miles from where he was at, to do the same he did. “I mean, ’cause me being in this position, it’s easy for me. But like some little boy 10 miles from here, it’s not gonna be good for him.”
When asked whether him coming out as gay will helped that metaphorical little boy 10 miles from where they were, Lil Nas X said yes but there was still a lot of work to be done.
“I think it’s always gonna help,” he explained further “We still have a long way to go because it’s not like everybody, It’s like messing with me now because, of course, somebody who’s like listening to me in school right now, it’s like, ‘You gay ’cause you listening to him.’ There’s still a lot to be done, of course, but I do believe it’s helping.”
But he was not always so brave, just last month he told ‘Time Magazine’ he was afraid of coming out because he fear that it might split his large cross-genre fans base. Because being born and raise in the American state of Georgia he was taught that being gay was “never going to be O.K.” and he thought his fans might have been taught similarly.
But he noted that the recent rise of ‘Pride month’ gave him the push he needed to finally came out and reveal his sexuality. “I’m seeing Pride flags everywhere and seeing couples holding hands — little stuff like that”.
Lil Nas X come out earlier this year in June when he release the song “C7osure”, Which convey a lot of wanting to be free and be himself. He also confirmed about his homosexuality in Twitter following the song release. He also cited his album art as well being evidents as it showed rainbow imagery, which was the international symbol for the LGBTQ community.
Source: Toofab .