Lil Nas X talks about backlash after coming out as gay

Lil Nas X spoke about the backlash to coming out as gay in a BBC interview, Friday.

The “Old Town Road” rapper had hinted about his sexuality earlier in the week in series of Tweets highlighting his lyrics and the artwork on releases of his songs. “I kinda revealed it,” he told the BBC when asked about his sexuality. Pushed on what he had revealed, he replied: “That I’m gay.”

He was asked whether he expected any negative reactions to the news. “Oh, I’m already getting it,” he said. Evidently, it has not phased him. “I used to be that person being negative,” he said. “I’m not angry or anything [about it], because I understand how they just want that reaction.”

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 25: Lil Nas X performs on stage during Internet Live By BuzzFeed at Webster Hall on July 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for BuzzFeed)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Lil Nas X visits the Country Hits Radio studios on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by HGL/Getty Images,)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Lil Nas X performs at the Pyramid Stage during day five of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 30, 2019 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 23: Lil Nas X attends the 2019 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Lil Nas X performs with Miley Cyrus on The Pyramid Stage during day five of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 30, 2019 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Lil Nas X visits the Country Hits Radio studios on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by HGL/Getty Images,)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Lil Nas X performs on the Pyramid stage during day five of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 30, 2019 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 23: Lil Nas X attends the 2019 BET Awards on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Lil Nas X and Miley Cyrus perform on the Pyramid stage during day five of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 30, 2019 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Lil Nas X performs onstage during the 2019 BET awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on June 23, 2019. (Photo by Jean-Baptiste LACROIX / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JUNE 08: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Lil Nas X performs onstage during day 3 of the 2019 CMA Music Festival on June 8, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JUNE 06: Lil Nas X visits the Spotify House during CMA Fest at Ole Red on June 06, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Spotify)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 02: Lil Nas X performs during Summer Jam 2019 at MetLife Stadium on June 2, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
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Off the back of a triumphant performance of crossover hit “Old Town Road” at the Glastonbury Festival, Lil Nas X was speaking from the more sedate surroundings of the “BBC Breakfast” studios, at one point walking in front of, and blocking the camera on the British pubcaster’s morning news and entertainment show.

He admitted he had considered never coming out, but had a change of heart. “I don’t want to just live my entire life, especially how I got to where I’m at, just not doing what I want to do,” he said. “I’m also, I feel like, opening the doors for more people.”

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"Pose" actresses and Pride Parade grand marshals MJ Rodriquez, Indya Moore and Dominique Jackson rode on a BMW M850i Convertible wrapped in a custom pride design by Jonathan Adler during WorldPride NYC on Sunday.

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MARINA performed a the inaugural Love Above All Ball benefiting the Born This Way Foundation at the Rainbow Room on Friday night.

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We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit 💞- #audrelorde
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Olympian Gun Kenworthy did a meet-and-greet at the Barfoot Wine & Bubby activation on Pride Island.

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Christian Siriano and Alicia Solo attended Ketel One Family-Made Vodka and The Misshapes' Pride Oasis Pool Party benefiting the Hetrick-Martin Institute at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday.

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About to kick off World Pride Parade 🏳️‍🌈 @1035ktu float #worldpridenyc Fab rainbow coat by @adriennelandau 🙏🏽 @saulovillela

Sir Richard Branson visited The Stonewall Inn to celebrate Pride and the announcement of Virgin Voyages LGBTQ+ charter with Atlantis Events on Saturday in New York City.

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Betty Who performed a the inaugural Love Above All Ball benefiting the Born This Way Foundation at the Rainbow Room on Friday night.

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"13 Reasons Why" actor Tommy Dorfman attended WorldPride in partnership with AXE to support the Anti-Violence program. (Credit: Unilever)
Parade Begins! WOW! HAPPY PRIDE!
Ready for the march!! #NYCPride #pride

Nico Tortorella and #AerieREAL Role Model Samira Wiley attended a Pride celebration at American Eagle's Be You Studio on June 29, 2019 in New York City.

(Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Getty Images for Aerie)

NYC drag queen Rosé partnered with Trojan Condoms to celebrate all shapes and sizes with the brand's Conecocktions Ice Cream Truck, empowering guys to take #PrideinMine, at the NYC WorldPride March on June 30, 2019, in New York City.

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Kim wore all Judith Leiber Jewelry for her 2019 Pride Island Concert in NYC.

@itgetsbetter with @morphebrushes @americaneagle @thesims @thestandard #prideonthehorizon What colors represents you? Mine is always red!!! Comment below!
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