While he now claims the account with pride, the Grammy-winning rapper initially denied that he ran NasMaraj, and on Tuesday (June 16), Lil Nas X finally addressed why he chose to hide his love for Miss Minaj.
“I didn’t want people to know I was gay tbh,” Lil Nas X tweeted after a Barb asked, “how come you never claimed her when people asked if you were a barb?? We all knew who you were.”
When a fan responded that “Being a barb don’t make you gay,” the 21-year-old artist agreed. Adding that he kept his Nicki fandom a secret before coming out last year because “people will assume if you had an entire fan page dedicated to nicki u are gay. and the rap/music industry ain’t exactly built or accepting of gay men yet.”
Nicki then joined the conversation, replying to Lil Nas X’s tweets on Wednesday (June 17): “It was a bit of a sting when you denied being a barb, but I understand. Congratulations on building up your confidence to speak your truth.”
It didn’t take long for the Nicki stan to respond as Lil Nas X wrote, “@NICKIMINAJ 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.” He went on to share additional details about why he chose to hide the fact that he was behind the account, writing, “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.”