Lil Nas X recently sat down with the folks at XXL for a chat, during which he reflected on his life since the success of his first hit song, “Old Town Road” in 2019.
Recently, his debut album, Montero, scored a No. 2 opening on the Billboard 200 with 129,000 equivalent album units moved, and chatting about how far he has come, the rapper-singer explained why he no longer apologizes for his sexuality.
“I don’t think I would have ever came out,” he explained. “I honestly felt like it was kind of my duty. Especially if I wanted to move forward. And [with] what I was doing, because authenticity is very real, and I feel like people can see right through that. And that’s a part of me.”
Lil Nas also said that he feared he would be judged for “how I would act post-coming out.”
“I used to ‘like’ comments where people were like, ‘Oh, I like him, because he’s not all in your face about it.’ And then I realized kind of what that was,” Nas said. “It’s kind of like when people say, ‘Oh, I have a Black friend,’ and that kind of sits on everything that have to do with their Black history and culture, whatnot. I’m kind of like, I’m not that person, you know?”
He currently has 11 songs sitting on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.