Lil Nas X says he had to ‘come out’ while his song was doing well

Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X grew up being taught to “hate” gay people.

The Old Town Road hitmaker admitted on World Pride Day in June that he’s attracted to men. He is now saying that it felt like he would be coming out “for attention” if he hadn’t chosen a point where he was enjoying huge success in his career.

Appearing on The Shop: Uninterrupted, marketing executive Paul Rivera asked: “With all that early success you felt it was important to make an announcement…”

“If you’re doing this while you’re at the top, you know it’s for real.”

— Lil Nas X

Nas explained: “It’s not that, like, it’s like being forced. It’s knowing growing up, I’m growing up to hate this s**t.”

Asked by Kevin Hart what he grew up to hate, he replied: “Homosexuality, gay people.

He continued: “Come on, now. If you really from the hood, you know. For me, the cool dude with the song on the top of everything to say this any other time, I’m doing this for attention in my eyes. But if you’re doing this while you’re at the top, you know it’s for real. It’s showing it doesn’t really matter I guess.”