Amid all of the controversies that Lil Nas X has found himself in since releasing the music video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” one seems to have been squashed, thanks in no small part to FKA Twigs.
On Tuesday night (March 30), Lil Nas X and FKA Twigs both shared posts on their Instagrams, thanking one another for a conversation they had about the similarities between the rapper’s “Montero” video, and the singer’s “Cellophane” video. The two clips share a choreographer in Kelly Yvonne, and feature the artists pole dancing in special effects-heavy atmospheres, which fans quickly took notice of online.
Twigs revealed in her post that she called up Lil Nas X for a talk to clear the air, and said that it went well. “Thank you @lilnasx for our gentle honest conversations and for acknowledging the inspiration [‘Cellophane’] gave you and your creative team in creating your iconic video,” she wrote. “I think what you have done is amazing and I fully support your expression and bravery in pushing culture forward for the queer community. Legend status.”
Lil Nas X, similarly, thanked Twigs for calling him, and spoke on how the video for “Cellophane” inspired his work. “The ‘Cellophane’ visual is a masterpiece. I was not aware that the visual would serve as inspiration for those who worked on the effects of my video,” he wrote. “I want to say thank u to twigs for calling me and informing me about the similarities between the two videos, as I was not aware they were so close. was only excited for the video to come out. I understand how hard you worked to bring this visual to life. You deserve so much more love and praise.”
In her post, Twigs also thanked the “sex workers and strippers” who helped provide “the physical language to make both videos possible.” She closed her post with a call-to-action for her fans, asking them to help raise money for SWARM (Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement) and their hardship fund for COVID-19. “I know all donations to the swarm hardship fund will be welcome during this difficult time,” she said.