On the last day of Pride month, the rapper subtly came out via Twitter.
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"some of y'all already know, some of y'all don't care, some of y'all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y'all to listen closely to c7osure," he wrote. Lil Nas then followed up with another tweet saying he "thought i made it obvious" alongside a photo of his album cover, which features a building lit up with a rainbow.
some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure. 🌈🤩✨ pic.twitter.com/O9krBLllqQ— nope (@LilNasX) June 30, 2019
And just in case there was any confusion, Lil Nas X then responded to speculation with a series of tweets showcasing his signature brand of meme-loving humor.
just cuz i’m gay don’t mean i’m not straight— nope (@LilNasX) July 1, 2019
And though the response to his announcement appears to be overwhelmingly positive, since this is the internet, there had to be at least a few shitty homophobes in the comments — with some making nasty comments about how the "Old Town Road" line about how he's "gonna ride 'til I can't no more" was an allusion to his sexual orientation.
old town road is literally about horses.— nope (@LilNasX) July 1, 2019
Unfortunately, things got even uglier in his Instagram comments. Under a post celebrating "Old Town Road's" historic Billboard run, trolls piled on, writing things such as "Bruh why you gay" and "someone I looked up too [sic] as a great person who makes dope music turned gay. smh."
In true Lil Nas X fashion though, the rapper spent a good amount of time
outsmarting responding to a few of the homophobes.
Sadly, it appears as if the harassment has begun to take a toll on Lil Nas X, if a few of his latest posts are any indication.
just got news that i’m gay and i will no longer be streaming my music. i’m sorry that shit is just not ok.— nope (@LilNasX) July 2, 2019
Thankfully though, it seems as if he's getting a lot of support from fellow musicians and fans — including MNEK and Pose star Dominique Jackson. See their tweets, below.
we also stan an openly gay black kid going diamond with his first single. the culture loves it. truly. @LilNasX— MNEK (@MNEK) July 1, 2019
@LilNasX. Love you. I admire your strength! Much love to you my talented brother!— Dominique Jackson (@tyraaross) July 1, 2019
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