Lil Nas X said he was “afraid to alienate his” straight fans “before releasing the crazy video for his single Montero (Call Me By Your Name), which features some very raunchy scenes with the devil himself.
The 22-year-old singer admitted that he was a little anxious to share the song and video, which are both celebrated and condemned for its explicit references to gay sex and satanic music video.
“At first I was really afraid of alienating my straight fans,” he said Weekly entertainment for their Pride issue.
‘But then it was kind of like they were offended, they were never really there for me. They were here for every version of myself they made up in their head. ‘
True to himself: Lil Nas X revealed he feared his ‘straight fans’ would feel alienated by the explicit lyrics and raunchy video for his song Montero (Call Me By Your Name) in a new interview for Entertainment Weekly’s Pride song
Montero was a breakthrough for the Old Town Road hitmaker, who came up with the melody after writing a song he wanted to “ quit. ”
And the song and video were instant hits, debuting at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of April 10, 2021, with 21,000 downloads, 46.9 million streams, and 1.1 million audience impressions from radio broadcasts.
To amplify the hype, Lil Nas X also released 666 limited edition sneakers with satanic images and a drop of human blood. They sold out almost immediately.
But not all of the attention paid to the Georgia-born artist.
Montero (Call Me By Your Name) and the exclusive kicks also generated a solid amount of controversy from those concerned about the challenging video’s effect on youth.
Dancing with the Devil: The video sparked outrage over the depiction of the Old Town Road singer giving the devil a lap dance in the pits of hell
Fancy feet: Lil Nas X boosted the hype and also released 666 limited edition sneakers with satanic images and a drop of human blood. They sold out almost immediately
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noemi lashed out at Lil Nas, saying, ‘This is outrageous, disgusting and perverse and no less on #PalmSunday.
Somehow @lilnasx feels that satanic worship should be mainstream and normal. I don’t think there are better candidates to cancel than LilNasX and these shoes. ‘
After she continued to complain, he replied, ‘You’re quite a governor and you tweet about fucking shoes here. do your job! ‘
(The shoe later found itself in the middle of a Nike suit for their unauthorized use of the Air Max ’97’s classic shoes. The dispute was settled out of court.)
Despite the backlash, the star said he is encouraged by the amount of support he has received from fans and the LGBTQ community.
“Once you show the world more of yourself,” he told EW. “They can tell you more.”
Kickback: South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem slammed shoe and video as ‘outrageous, disgusting and perverse’
Bigger fish to bake! After she continued to complain, he replied, ‘You’re quite a governor and you tweet about fucking shoes here. do your job! ‘
Live from New York! Lil Nas X will perform on SNL on May 22 as the musical guest of The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy
And the star is starting to feel more comfortable creating a stir.
“Looking back at history, the greatest icons, the greatest artists are the ones who don’t always try to make everyone happy and who did it themselves,” he said. “I always hope to do that.”
The Panini singer also hopes to inspire fans to stay true to themselves with his music, telling the magazine, ‘I want to be a voice for those who pretend to be themselves but aren’t quite there yet.’
Lil Nas X will be performing on SNL on May 22 as the musical guest of The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy.
Entertainment Weekly’s Pride issue, which also includes a cover of Pose’s Mj Rodriguez, hit the newsstand on May 14.
Dazzling: Entertainment Weekly’s Pride song, which also includes a cover of Pose’s Mj Rodriguez, hit the newsstand May 14