Lil Nas X Says 'Universe' Pushed Him To Come Out

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Lil Nas X says he didn’t plan to come out as gay this summer – in part because he feared hip-hop fans would abandon him – but he was “pushed by the universe” to do so.

In an interview with Time (where he graces the cover), the rapper explained: “I know the people who listen to this the most, and they’re not accepting of homosexuality. “In June, I’m seeing Pride flags everywhere and seeing couples holding hands – little stuff like that.”

Lil Nas X said he came out to his father and sister in early June before casually sharing the personal info with fans on Twitter.

Elsewhere in the interview, Lil Nas X talks about the record-breaking success of “Old Town Road,” a song he wrote that uses a beat for which he paid $30 U.S.

He admitted that he has dealt with acute anxiety so the new realities of his life can be “overwhelming.”

“I just shut down on everybody," he said. "I’m still a loner in a lot of ways."