Lil Nas X is having the best year ever! The rapper whose “Old Town Road” remix with Miley Cyrus’ dad is officially the longest running no. 1 in Billboard chart history has added “Time Magazine Cover Star” to his ongoing list of accolades and recognition. He posted the cover, which will hit stands later this month, on his Instagram with the caption: “thank you for this opportunity @time.”
Written by Time entertainment reporter Andrew R. Chow, the profile promises an inside look at the “record-breaking rise” of the artist. What’s particularly important to note is that he discusses the story behind his coming out as gay earlier this year on social media. In fact, Lil Nas X wasn’t planning on coming out at all because he feared he’d lose fans. But our (Audre) Lord(e) and Savior Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter — or God, the universe, or whatever you call your higher power — works in mysterious ways.
“I know the people who listen to this the most, and they’re not accepting of homosexuality,” he told Time. But the Gay Agenda was in full force this June, during Pride Month and the celebration of World Pride in NYC. “I never would have done that if I wasn’t in a way pushed by the universe,” he continued. “In June, I’m seeing Pride flags everywhere and seeing couples holding hands–little stuff like that.”
The rapper first came out to his father and sister earlier in June, and then broke the news on Twitter weeks later.
“Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more,” he tweeted, “but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure.” Added to the tweet were three emojis, including a rainbow.
While Mr. X’s first message wasn’t necessarily a definitive coming out, as the rapper didn’t use specific LGBTQ+ labels to identify himself, he did send another tweet hours later saying, “deadass thought i made it obvious.” Attached to the second tweet was a picture of the cover of his debut EP 7, and a second photo zoomed in on the skyline in the photo, which features one of the buildings lit up in rainbow colors. Since, he has confirmed that he is gay, doling out jokes on his social media pages.
“Old Town Road” has been atop the charts for 19 weeks and counting. We love to see it!