Lil Nas X opened up about being gay earlier this summer and has being really calm about the whole thing not reacting to the criticism or insults he received online, turning most of them to jokes in a manner that will make you feel as if he doesn’t care.
On Monday (Sept. 30), CBS shared a preview of the “Panini” singers’s upcoming interview with the network, and in it, he tells reporter Gayle King about his struggle to come to terms with his sexuality. He revealed that when he was younger, he used to hope the feeling was only temporary.
“I knew, especially around my teenage years,” Lil Nas X said to King after she asked him how long he’d known that he was gay. “I would just pray and pray and pray that it was like…” Before Nas X could complete his sentence, King asked him what he was praying for. From there, Lil Nas X gave an answer.
“That it was, like, a phase,” Nas said. “I mean because, me being in this position it’s easy for me. But like, some little boy 10 miles from here, it’s not gon’ be good for him.”
The “Old Town Road” rapper also stated that him coming out was help young men like him and also pointed out that the gay community has a long way to go before they will be fully accepted. Catch a clip of the interview as shared by CBS below.