Atlanta rapper Lil Nas X opened up about his sexuality and the backlash he received after coming out on Twitter in an interview with BBC Breakfast.

The 20-year-old “Old Town Road” star explained that he didn’t ever think he was going to come out.

“I kind of revealed, you know, that I am gay,” he said. “How big of a deal is that? Is it something that I was considering never doing ever, like taking to the grave or something? But I was like, ‘I don’t want to live my entire life – especially how I got to where I’m at, not doing what I want to do.’ I’m also opening doors for more people.”

Lil Nas X added that he expected to receive backlash from coming out, “especially within the country and hip-hop communities, it’s not really accepting in either.” He said he’s been dealing with homophobic trolls through humor.

“I’m already getting [backlash],” he said. “I’m not angry or anything because I understand they want that reaction. I’m just going to joke back with them.”

And joke he has.

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