Lil Nas X was virtually unknown a few months ago, but since the controversy surrounding his country-rap song “Old Town Road” and its subsequent unprecedented success, he’s become not only a household name, but a full on icon. This weekend, he took it to the next level by seemingly coming out on the last day of Pride Month.
On June 30th, Lil Nas X tweeted a video for his new song “C7osure” (allegedly pronounced “csevenosure”) and told fans, “before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely” to the lyrics. He prefaced that “some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more.” He added star and rainbow emojis to the tweet.
The song contains lyrics like, “Ain’t no more actin’, man, that forecast say I should just let me grow,” and, “True say, I want and I need / To let go, use my time to be free.” The album artwork shows Lil Nas riding a horse and approaching a city with rainbow-coloured buildings. He seemed to be sending a pretty clear message.
Fans speculated that the lyrics and rainbow symbolism suggested that the singer was coming out and he seemed to confirm it shortly after, with another tweet saying he thought he ” made it obvious” with close-ups of the rainbow buildings.
That seemed like about as clear as he was comfortable with when it came to sharing his sexuality.
deadass thought i made it obvious pic.twitter.com/HFCbVqBkLM
— nope (@LilNasX) June 30, 2019
Buuut there was still speculation so Nas returned to Twitter one more time to make it AS CLEAR AS POSSIBLE. He tweeted a screenshot of a comment on the Genius.com lyrics of “C7osure” that simply states “He gay.”
So that’s that, people!
— nope (@LilNasX) July 2, 2019
In a subsequent tweet, Nas reminded everyone that sexuality isn’t an either/or linear experience by saying, “just cuz i’m gay don’t mean i’m not straight.”
Whatever the nuances of his sexuality, fans were pumped, proud and inspired, sending out some fantastically positive support.
Great work honey! – Lil B
— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) July 1, 2019
It takes a true real man to do what you did. You are an amazing person. Nothing but love respect & support ✊🏾🏳️🌈
— Tigger_ReddXXX (@Tigger_ReddXXX) July 2, 2019
WE GOT YOU BOO! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 pic.twitter.com/y5kRKk7KOc
— Kalen Allen (@TheKalenAllen) June 30, 2019
really happy for u dude ❤️🌈
— James Charles (@jamescharles) June 30, 2019
we stan a gay chart topping icon pic.twitter.com/3xcKFC61Iq
— need man (@munchdcrunchd) June 30, 2019
— eggdog 🏳️🌈🎃 (@silverseagoat) June 30, 2019
— ostrich 🌈 (@iknowplacesmp6) June 30, 2019
While fans are happy for him, they’ve still got a pretty pressing question on their minds: when are we getting the “Panini” remix with Gordon Ramsay??
In an effort to top his last collab with Billy Ray Cyrus, Nas tweeted earlier this month that he wants the famed celebrity chef to feature on the remix of his single, “Panini.” Gordon says’s he’s all for it but the Twitter saga continues. Nas replied to Ramsay’s “10 millionth YouTube subscriber” video, asking him to teach him how to make Paninis while he’s still in London (Nas is at the Glastonbury Festival where he performed with Billy Ray’s daughter, Miley Cyrus—ever heard of her??).
It looks like the stars might align just perfectly for Nas and Ramsay to get together.
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— nope (@LilNasX) July 1, 2019