(Photo Credits: Screengrab from Lil Nas X’s Instagram Account)
What we can’t say in words out loud, we certainly can say in a song.
That’s exactly what the 20-year-old American rapper, singer, and songwriter Lil Nas X did when he came out as gay on social media recently. He tweeted: “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.”
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
Lil Nas X was referring to the 7th and final song titled C7osure (You Like) of his new album called 7 which was released on June 21, 2019. Said album debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200.
Part of the chorus of the aforementioned song reads:
True say, I want and I need/To let go, use my time to be free
While the post-chorus says:
Ain’t no more actin’, man, that forecast say I should just let me grow/No more red light for me, baby, only green, I gotta go/Pack my past up in the back, oh, let my future take ahold/This is what I gotta do, can’t be regrettin’ when I’m old.
The tweet naturally sparked a discussion among fans online with many of them asking: did Lil Nas X just come out? The rapper removed all doubt surrounding his sexuality by tweeting another message that said: “deadass thought i made it obvious.” Attached in said tweet was the cover of his album that featured a rainbow-colored building.
deadass thought i made it obvious pic.twitter.com/HFCbVqBkLM— nope (@LilNasX) June 30, 2019
Lorenzo Sozzi—the designer of the album cover—told TMZ that Lil Nas X instructed him to “add a rainbow flourish to one of the buildings” and while he never explained to Sozzi why “he wanted to add the rainbow, but he was adamant about it.”
Anyway, his coming out was met with hate although fans and public figures alike have rallied behind the “Old Town Road” rapper to support him while others took the news in stride and even joked about it.
it’s true i am a guy https://t.co/7hsG0TEm8i— nope (@LilNasX) July 1, 2019
.@LilNasX has gone from viral sensation to groundbreaking musician. As a fan, I’m thrilled and inspired to see him standing in his truth as a member of the LGBTQ community. Welcome to the family! #pride https://t.co/H81iXxCII6— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) July 3, 2019
It takes a true real man to do what you did. You are an amazing person. Nothing but love respect & support ✊🏾🏳️🌈— Tigger_ReddXXX (@Tigger_ReddXXX) July 2, 2019
The more important question: who molested this young man to make him choose that lifestyle?— yesno (@BatBoyGalt) July 1, 2019
Don’t think you could just put rainbows on one building an then everybody would be like “yuup he gay” ….— Dr. Finesse (@Finesse947) July 1, 2019
We will protect Lil Nas X at all costs 🌈— Ira thee Third (@ira) July 1, 2019
Lil Nas X is best known for his country rap breakout single “Old Town Road,” which currently tops the Billboard Hot 100. According to Billboard, Old Town Road is the “longest-running No. 1 for a hip-hop song ever” at 13 weeks.