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Lil Nas X hopes his coming out reassures LGBT fans

By
Annie Martin

Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Lil Nas X hopes his coming out comforts and inspires young LGBT fans.

The 20-year-old rapper discussed his decision to publicly come out as gay during Monday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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Lil Nas X said he came out to his dad and sister about a month before he tweeted about his sexuality during Pride Month in June.

"The same month that I came out I told them pretty much, I guess to give them a heads up. It's like, you know, a little earlier in the month before I did it," he said.

Lil Nas X said coming out to his family made him more comfortable with coming out publicly. He also wanted to show his support for young LGBT people.

"I was not in a position where I had to worry about family and friends, like how they would react," the star said. "In the past year, I'm in a new level. So it doesn't really matter, I guess."

"Also just, how it would be good for the young-uns who are listening to me right now, who are going to have to go through this in the future, to know it's all right," he added.

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Lil Nas X told host Ellen DeGeneres he is "somewhat" in a relationship currently. He performed his single "Panini" later on in the show.

Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" remix with Billy Ray Cyrus was No. 1 on the charts when he came out in July. He previously told BBC Radio 1 he wasn't fazed by negative reaction to his coming out.

"I'm not angry or anything [about backlash], because I understand how they just want that reaction," the rapper said. "And then a lot of people still think I'm trying to troll them or something, but I'm not trolling."

Lil Nas X released his debut EP, 7, in June.

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