Lil Nas X is featured on the cover of Time magazine. In an accompanying interview, the 20-year-old rapper opened up about his decision to come out as gay earlier this summer.
Though Lil Nas didn't plan on coming out, the fact that his inescapable hit "Old Town Road" — featuring Billy Ray Cyrus — was dominating Billboard charts and radio airwaves during Pride Month made him think again. According to the Georgia native, he was initially hesitant about coming out because he was taught from a young age that homosexuality "is never going to be OK." Plus, he feared he might lose fans if he shared his truth.
"I know the people who listen to this the most, and they're not accepting of homosexuality," he said, later explaining that seeing celebrations of love during June helped his worries subside. "I never would have done that if I wasn't in a way pushed by the universe. In June, I'm seeing Pride flags everywhere and seeing couples holding hands — little stuff like that."