Lil Nas X Says He Was 'Pushed By The Universe' To Come Out As Gay

Lil Nas X is Time magazine's newest cover star and the 20-year-old rapper spoke about his big decision to come out as gay over the summer.

In the feature, the Georgia native admitted that he was initially hesitant to share the revelation because he was taught from a young age that homosexuality "is never going to be OK." However, it was the Pride Month movement that really pushed him to embrace his sexuality, so he started by coming out to his father and sister earlier in June. "I know the people who listen to this the most, and they're not accepting of homosexuality," the singer explained to the magazine. "I never would have done that if I wasn't in a way pushed by the universe. In June, I'm seeing Pride flags everywhere and seeing couples holding hands — little stuff like that."

While his No. 1 streak atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Old Town Road" is still going strong, the star admitted that the pressures of fame have become a bit much to handle. "It gets overwhelming," he said. "I just shut down on everybody — I'm still a loner in a lot of ways."

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