Lil Nas X's life changed when he released "Old Town Road" -- which spent a history-making 19 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 -- in 2019. Two years after the release of "Old Town Road," the 22-year-old rapper reflecting on coming out in the midst of the song's massive success.
“I don’t think I would have ever came out,” Lil Nas said while discussing his decision to come out in June 2019 during an interview in XXL's fall issue, published Tuesday (Sept. 28). “I honestly felt like it was kind of my duty. Especially if I wanted to move forward. And what I was doing, because authenticity is very real, and I feel like people can see right through that. And that’s a part of me.”
The "Industry Baby" rapper also explained that after coming out, he felt as if his sexuality sat like a cloud over his music and his public persona. “For me, I felt like [my insecurity with my sexuality] was my fear of people judging me for how I would act post-coming out. I used to ‘like’ comments where people were like, ‘Oh, I like him, because he’s not all in your face about it,’” Lil Nas said. “And then I realized kind of what that was. It’s kind of like when people say, ‘Oh, I have a Black friend,’ and that kind of sits on everything that have to do with their Black history and culture, whatnot. I’m kind of like, I'm not that person, you know?”