Lil Nas X Discusses Backlash To His Coming Out: 'They're Just Looking For That Reaction'

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Lil Nas X poses in the press room at the BET Awards on June 23, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. 

Lil Nas X stopped by BBC Breakfast on Friday (July 5), where he discussed some of the backlash he's received since coming out as gay at the end of last month.   

He admitted he was initially wrestled with the idea of coming out, saying, "It's just something I was considering like never doing ever, just like taking to the grave or something." Eventually, he realized he didn't want to "live my entire life not doing what I want to do" and that coming out would allow him to help "opening doors for more people."   

   

He noted that acceptance of LGBTQ artists in the country and hip-hop communities still has a long way to go, saying "it's not really accepted in either" and said he's already received backlash from internet trolls since he came out.  

"I'm not angry or anything because I understand how they just want that reaction," he said. "But I'm just gonna joke back with them."  

Check out a snippet of the conversation below.


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