Of course, the “Live” in “Saturday Night Live” isn’t just for effect.
For the untrained eye, it was all part of a provocative performance. Nope. Chalk it up as a fine recovery from a moment we’ve all had nightmares about. “If you listen carefully,” he recounts, “you can probably hear the rip.”
The whole situation wasn’t a set-up, a publicity stunt, he insists. “I would never rip my pants in public, on purpose,” he tells Jimmy Fallon and guest co-host Dave Grohl.
Ripping his trousers wasn’t the only drama in a testing weekend. After two solid weeks of rehearsals, one of his dancers came down with COVID-19. The dominos fell and with just 24-hours until showtime, a new team had to be brought in. “It was really scary,” he explains.
Lil Nas X also used his late-night TV spot to talk up his debut album Montero, which is due out this summer and will feature the chart-topping title track. “This is my entire life,” he enthuses. “It’s honest, its 100% me.”
On it, “I’m exploring my sexuality, myself, it’s like a coming of age story, my heart breaks. There’s been a lot of those in the past couple of years.”
There’s been of a lot hits in the past couple of years, too. "Old Town Road" is now recognized as the longest-leading No. 1 single in Hot 100 history, with an unprecedented 19 weeks on top.
His latest hit, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and led the Billboard Global 200 chart. The forthcoming album, he insists “is something everybody can vibe along to.”
Watch the interview below.