Lil Nas X isn't afraid of 'alienating' straight fans anymore: 'If they feel offended, they were never really here for me'
Montero (call me by your name) was released on March 26, 2021. Lil Nas X / YouTube
Lil Nas X said in an interview that he was afraid that his new music would "alienate" his straight fans.
He told Entertainment Weekly that he realized that people who were offended weren't "really here" for him.
He said, "You have to rely on yourself before anyone else" and "You have to love and feed yourself."
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Lil Nas X recently shared how he feels about straight fans who are offended by him for making queer music as a queer non-binary artist.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly released on Tuesday, the rapper "Old Town Road" spoke of his previous concerns about "alienating" his straight fans before hitting his homoerotic Satan song "Montero (Call Me By Your Name) "released, which immediately became a # 1 hit on Billboard in April.
"At first I was really scared of alienating one of my direct fans," he said. "But then it was like when you were offended, they were never really there for me. They were here for every version of me they made up in their head."
The only version of himself that the 21-year-old strives for today is simply an authentic one that does not necessarily have to please everyone, but that primarily has to satisfy them.
"Looking back at history, the greatest icons, the greatest artists, are those who don't always try to make everyone happy and who did it themselves. I hope I can do that anytime," he said. "At the end of the day, you are the main person who has to rely on you before anyone else. You have to love and feed yourself."
For the fans, parents or conservative listeners who continue to criticize the rapper and his work, he assured the publication that he is okay with it because it means that he is the topic of discussion that is only paying more attention to his platform.
"But now it's like this, okay, cool. For me, I would prefer if someone hates the s --- out of me when they talk about me instead of saying nothing at all because that gives my name more power, " he said.
Lil Nas X's main concern right now is to use its platform to expand inclusive representation and acceptance in the world, along with "open doors for many other queer people to simply exist," as he wrote in a letter to his followers on Instagram stated the day his last single was released.
He believes that by actively portraying "the world more of themselves", more spaces can be created in which queer people can equally "tell more".
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