LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 26: Lil Nas X, winner of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Old Town Road” and Best Music Video for “Old Town Road (Official Movie)”, poses in the press room during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

No one will forget the rise and succession of 2019 music icon, Lil Nas X. Behind the country bop, ‘Old Town Road’, the artist saw a thrust into stardom following the chart-topper. At just 20-years-old, the singer and songwriter has become known for his twist on the hip-hop genre as well as his avant garde approach to style – bedazzled cowboy, if you will.

Towards the end of pride month in July last year, Nas X took to Twitter to reveal his sexuality and while it took many days for fans and the greater pubic to catch onto his cryptic music video, he like his rise to music, was quickly made an icon of the LGBTQ+ community. In a new interview with The Guardian, the artist admitted he never intended to reveal his sexual identity. That is, until ‘Old Town Road’ became a pop-culture phenomenon.

“The honest truth is, I planned to die with the secret,” he told the publication, later revealing that changed with his larger stage presence which made it easier for him to be comfortable in his own skin. “But that changed when I became Lil Nas X.”

“It’s easier for me, I’m not depending on anybody. There’s no one who’s going to kick me out of the house – nobody to start treating me shitty.”

“I 100% want to represent the LGBT community,” he continued, “[but] I don’t want to encourage them to do something they don’t 100% want to do. Especially in, like, middle school or high school. Because it’s just super hard.”

Lil Nas X recently appeared in Calvin Klein’s latest Spring/Summer 2020 campaign where he celebrates unapologetic confidence and self-love.