Lil Nas X, who recently announced he was taking a break from the fast rising fame accompanying his record-breaking song “Old Town Road,” has opened up more about his sexuality.
The 20-year-old rap phenom admits that when he was younger he prayed that being gay was just a “phase,” during an interview with Gayle King for “CBS This Morning.”
Growing up in the south, Lil Nas X, born Montero Lamar Hill, said that although he knew he was gay from time he was a little boy, the culture around him made me feel like it wasn’t a good thing.
“Yeah, definitely. I knew,” he said. “Especially around my teenage years. You know, I would just pray, pray, and pray…that it was, like, a phase.”
He said he hoped his sexual orientation “would go away.”
That astronomical success of his breakout debut – which stayed atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-setting 19 weeks — prompted him to come out publicly, with the hopes of inspiring young fans who struggle with their sexuality like he once did.
“For me, being in this position, like, it’s easy for me but like some little boy 10 miles from here, it’s not going to be good for him.”
“I think it’s gonna always help, you know,” Nas X responded when King asked whether his iconic stature will be of service to others.
“We still have a long way to go, because it’s not, like, everybody is messing with me now,” he continued. “Because of course, you know, for somebody who’s listening to me in school right now, it’s like – you’re gay because you’re listening to him. So there’s still a lot to be done, of course. But I do believe it’s helping.”
On the last day of June, Lil Nas X causally announced that he was gay on Twitter.
“I never would have done that if I wasn’t in a way pushed by the universe,” he said in a cover story for Time magazine in August. “In June, I’m seeing Pride flags everywhere and seeing couples holding hands — little stuff like that.”