Lil Nas X Claps Back at Pregnancy Photos Backlash: 'Negative Energy Is Not Good for the Baby'

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Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X shocked fans -- and critics -- on Thursday (Sept. 2) when he dropped a maternity photo shoot to inform everyone that his baby (debut album, Montero) is on the way. The shoot has upset some due to its controversial nature, but Lil Nas isn't letting the backlash faze him in the slightest.

The rapper responded on Sept. 2 to Twitter users who expressed this dissatisfaction with the shoot, with one person writing that he's "ugly" and that she's tired of him. "You really on here calling a young mother to be ugly?" Lil Nas trolled. The rapper hit back at another user (who later deleted their tweet), and wrote, "Oh yes a pregnant n---a, the greatest threat to black civil rights."

The irony of the photo shoot backlash is not lost on Lil Nas, either. "N----s be like 'you desperate for attention' then proceed to give it to me," he pointed out in another tweet. He eventually shared, "Let me get offline, all this negative energy is not good for the baby."

In an interview with People, Lil Nas explained that the pregnancy photo shoot started off as fun joke after he listened to Megan Thee Stallion's verse on his "Dolla Sign Slime" for the first time.

"I was like, 'Oh my God, this is amazing,' so I immediately called my stylist," he said. "She was like, 'Wow, this all comes together. Your album. Your baby.' I was like, 'Yeah, this is my baby, huh?' As a joke, she was like, 'Yeah, you should do a pregnancy shoot.' "I was like, 'You know what? That's actually brilliant.'"

See some of Lil Nas X's responses to the backlash below.