Lil Nas X Says He Was 'Pushed by the Universe' to Come Out as Gay
By Liz Calvario
Lil Nas X knew it was time for him to share his story with the world.
The 20-year-old singer became an overnight success with his mega-hit, "Old Town Road" featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, and has been reveling in all his glory. During his quick rise to stardom, however, Lil Nas revealed his most personal secret, sharing with the world that he's gay.
In a new interview with Time, published on Tuesday, the rapper explains that from a young age he was taught that homosexuality "is never going to be OK." But during Pride Week, he felt as if the "universe" was pushing him to open up about his sexuality.
"I never would have done that if I wasn’t in a way pushed by the universe," he says of his coming-out story. "In June, I'm seeing Pride flags everywhere and seeing couples holding hands -- little stuff like that."
Lil Nas first alluded to his sexuality when he told fans to listen to his song "C7osure (You Like)," and noted the rainbow on his album cover. Then in July, he tweeted: "Wow man last year I was sleeping on my sisters floor, had no money, struggling to get plays on my music, suffering from daily headaches, now i’m gay."
wow man last year i was sleeping on my sisters floor, had no money, struggling to get plays on my music, suffering from daily headaches, now i’m gay.