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Lil Nas X has recently expressed how he feels about straight fans who are offended by him making queer music as a queer non-binary artist.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Tuesday, the “Old Town Road” rapper opened up about his prior concerns with “alienating” his straight fans before he released his No. 1 single “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” earlier this year.
“At first I was really afraid of alienating any of my straight fans,” he said. “But then it was kind of like, if they feel offended, they were never really here for me. They were here for whatever version of myself they made up in their head.”
The only version of himself that the 21-year-old is striving toward today is simply an authentic one that doesn’t necessarily have to please everyone, but one that must primarily fulfill him.
“Looking back on history, the biggest icons, the biggest artists, are the ones who aren’t trying to always make everybody happy and who were doing themselves. I hope to do that at all times,” he said. “At the end of the day, you are the main person that has to depend on you before anybody else. You have to love and nourish yourself.”
For the fans, parents, or conservative listeners who do continue to criticize the rapper and his work, he reassured the publication that he is okay with that because it means he is the topic of discussion, which only brings more attention to his platform.
“But now it’s like, okay, cool. For me, I would rather somebody hate the s— out of me when they’re talking about me rather than not say anything at all, because that’s giving more power to my name,” he said.
Lil Nas X’s main concern, at this point, is using his platform to expand inclusive representation and acceptance in the world, along with “open doors for many other queer people to simply exist,” as he explained in a letter to his followers on Instagram the day his latest single dropped.
He believes that by actively showing “the world more of yourself,” more spaces can be created for queer folks alike to “relate more.”