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Lil Nas X Confesses He Struggled With His Sexuality And Prayed It Was A Phase That Would "Go Away"

December 26, 2019

Lil Nas X broke the charts and made history when he released his song Old Town Road. The 20-year-old singer has achieved major success in the music world in such a short time and as a result, people have been interested in his personal life, especially when it comes to his sexuality.

Lil Nas X comes out as gay

The singer cleared things up via a Tweet posted a few months ago. He revealed that fans should listen closely to his song C7osure and then in a Pride post shortly after, he tweeted, "thought I made it obvious."

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Little Nas X's C7osure included lyrics that talked about no longer wanting to pretend and that he was ready to just be who he was. He mentioned not wanting to live with regrets as what he wanted most was to be free.

Based on the song and its message, it sounded like his decision to come out was due to his desire to stop leading a fake life or hiding who he was.

While on HBO Sports' The Shop: Uninterrupted, the young star further explained that he didn't feel exactly forced to come out of the closet but when he was younger, he was taught to be unaccepting of homosexuality which made things complicated.

Difficulty accepting his sexuality

Even though some headway has been made towards becoming more accepting of homosexuality and other personal preferences, this singer still had a rough time facing who he was and accepting his sexuality.

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He discussed his experiences while speaking on CBS This Morning and revealed that he initially thought being gay was something that would disappear with time.

The rapper told Gayle King:

In my teenage years, I was just praying that it was like a phase. That it would go away.

He further added that he felt there's still a lot to be done in terms of accepting people for who they are and he hoped his story would help other young boys feel brave in similar situations.

Social media backlash

As expected, coming out came with certain drawbacks. Lil Nas X was right in that people still had issues when it came to topics like this. He told BBC in an interview that he was a recipient of social media backlash after he shared his sexual orientation.

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He also told Time that he was concerned that he wouldn lose his fans due to his revelation.

I know the people who listien to this the most and they are not accepting of homosexuality.

Regardless of the negativity, the singer, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, said that he believed his decision to come out would help open doors for others.

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5 fast facts about the famous singer

Here are some trivia about the star, based on his bio.

  • Old Town Road, arguably his most popular song, made it to number one on Billboard Hot 100.
  • The song ignited controversy after it was removed from the Hot Country Songs list as they didn't believe it was technically a country song. Many people disagreed.
  • He is a child of divorce. He was only six years old when his parents split.
  • He loved to play the trumpet as a young boy but he quit as he didn't think it was cool.
  • He dropped out of the University of West Georgia after studying there for a year.

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It's almost impossible to achieve true happiness when you hide who you are or feel ashamed of your emotions. So we have to give props to Lil Nas X for not only accepting himself but opening up to the world about it. Even though some would disagree with his choices, he can now go on to live a more honest life. At the end of the day, being true to yourself is what really matters and worrying about what others will think will only hold you back.

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