Lil Nas X is fielding hateful comments from trolls after publicly coming out as gay.
On June 30, the “Old Town Road” rapper, born Montero Lamar Hill, took to Twitter to make a statement about his sexuality before the conclusion of Pride month.
“Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone [f-ck with me] no more,” the 20-year-old wrote. “But before this month ends I want y’all to listen closely to c7osure.”Lil Nas X included a rainbow emoji, directing his fans to listen to his song “c7osure” which includes lyrics about being your true self.
The Atlanta, Ga. native, who shot to superstardom with his viral hit that has so far spent 13 weeks at no.1 on the Hot 100 chart, has been inundated with homophobic comments online, with many calling him “cancelled.”
“I don’t even know how to feel,” one disappointed fan commented on a recent Lil Nas X Instagram post. “On the one hand this music [is fire], but on the other he’s gay, which means his music [is] gay, and I don’t wanna be gay so…”
“Gay ass n-gga,” another wrote. “Hip hop community definitely doesn’t claim you - stay with country.”
Lil Nas X has tried to take the high road, even jumping on social media to sarcastically reply to hurtful comments.
When one user asked, “How long are you going to be gay for?” the rapper personally replied, “Only the weekends, bro.”
Despite the vitriol, Lil Nas X has received an outpouring of love from fans and famous friends, commending him on being true to himself.
“Coming out as gay? That should make him more of a role model,” a supportive follower wrote on Instagram. “He has the balls to be himself in a strict world full of discrimination.”
“Be proud of yourself,” another replied on Twitter. “You already won! You’ll always be accepted by the real [fans]. You’re about to really make a change.”
Among the rapper’s high profile supports is Miley Cyrus, who tweeted, “So proud of my baby brother Lil Nas X. In your corner forever my friend.”
Former Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade added, “Focus on all the good in your life. Don’t allow these fools to get to you. It’s a lot of us out here proud of who and what you represent.”
Aside from speaking his truth, Lil Nas X has even more cause to celebrate: His debut EP ‘7’ debuted at number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album and Top Rap Album Chart.