“Just got news that I’m gay and I will no longer be streaming my music.”
Earlier this week, Lil Nas X came out as part of the LGBTQ community.
The 20-year-old rapper, who shot to fame when his single Old Town Road topped the US and UK charts earlier this year, marked the last day of Pride Month (Sunday 30 June) by addressing his sexuality.
“Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone [fuck with me] no more. But before this month ends I want y’all to listen closely to C7osure,” he wrote alongside a rainbow emoji and a clip of his song C7osure (You Like).
The song he references in the tweet, C7osure (You Like), features the lyrics: “Ain’t no more acting, man that forecast say I should just let me grow, no more red light for me, baby, only green, I gotta go.”
In a later tweet, Lil Nas X highlighted the artwork for his debut EP release 7, which features a rainbow on one of the buildings. He wrote: “Deadass thought I made it obvious.”
While his coming out was mostly praised by fans and other artists, there were a few homophobes who were “disappointed” with his sexuality and declared they would no longer support his music.
“Knew we’d all have to hate you soon enough,” said one former fan, while another wrote: “Never liked your music anyway…”
“I’m not ever listening to @LilNasX cos I don’t wanna turn gay but I feel so disappointed why would he do that cos it’s even written in the Bible not to live you fellow man it’s a sin damn I’m done with lil bad x the chapter ends here BYE!” said another.
The rapper then embraced his inner online troll and gave ‘fans’ a taste of their own medicine, telling one fan he’s “gay as a joke” and only gay “on the weekends bro”.
He later tweeted: “Just got news that I’m gay and I will no longer be streaming my music. i’m sorry that shit is just not ok,” and then followed it up on Instagram with a picture of a sad emoji and a gun.
just got news that i’m gay and i will no longer be streaming my music. i’m sorry that shit is just not ok.
— nope (@LilNasX) July 2, 2019
Old Town Road reached number one on the UK charts this year, and has spent 13 weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100. A re-release featuring Billy Ray Cyrus was streaming 143 million times in a single week, breaking Drake’s previous record.