He was asked by a fan why he hadn’t owned up to running a Nicki fan account.
Lil Nas explained that he did not want to be outed as a gay rapper at the time.
Another fan argued that being a “barb” does not make you gay.
Lil Nas agreed but argued that ignorance persists in hip hop and the wider music industry.
It is widely speculated that Lil Nas ran the @NasMaraj fan account.
Nicki Minaj teased Lil Nas for rejecting his inner Barb but applauded him for finding the courage to come out — both as a gay man and a Nicki fan. Lil Nas subsequently elaborated on his insecurities at the time.
the generous queen, i love u. and i’m sorry i did that in a time where u were already getting so much bandwagon hate. i felt so bad, hoping u wouldn’t see my denial. i was just so afraid of people finding out about me and losing everything before i even got a chance. pic.twitter.com/3kgJctDJt1— nope (@LilNasX) June 17, 2020