Lil Nas X Says He Originally ‘Planned to Die with the Secret that He was Gay’

Lil Nas X in an interview with London’s The Guardian, says he originally planned to die with the secret that he was gay.

Nas X said, “The honest truth is, I planned to die with the secret,” Nas says now of his sexuality. Was that really his plan, I ask, never to be himself? “Yeah,” he says. “But that changed when I became Lil Nas X.”

In coming out, Nas joined a growing cohort of young entertainers challenging the idea that queer rappers cannot experience mainstream success, from Kevin Abstract of hip hop “boy band” Brockhampton, to the experimental Tyler, the Creator, to the openly bisexual female rapper Doja Cat. Grateful that the announcement hadn’t killed his career, he began pushing the limits with increasingly outlandish red-carpet looks.

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