The artist formerly known as ILoveMakonnen dropped a bombshell on Twitter Thursday night. He is gay.
It’s unclear if Makonnen was inspired by Taylor Bennett coming out as bisexual this week or if it took some nudging from Captian Obvious, but the former OVO artist felt that it was time to let the world know this fact about him.
In doing so, he also revealed another bit of news, which is that he is a “fashion icon.”
This isn’t the first time that Makonnen has addressed his sexuality. In 2015 the Grammy-nominated artist told the New York Times that he wasn’t gay, or straight either, for the matter.
“The rap world thinks I’m gay,” he said. “A lot of people out there do. They think I’m a homosexual, which is not a problem. I don’t want to say I’m gay, I’m straight, I’m bisexual or any of that, because that’s just. […] Who cares? All that’s doing is dividing us.”
Then in a 2016 interview with XXL, he blasted his fellow rap peers for writing anti-gay lyrics, while rocking clothes by gay designers. Also, he said that he “may not be personally gay.”
One thing about hip-hop and rap that really gets on my nerve is that they got so much sh*t to say about gays, lesbians and so anti-gay, all that is just a lot of sh*t where they want to say f*ggot and gay bashing. All these designers that y’all are spending on are the gayest niggas in the world. And if you don’t know that you’re the dumbest n*ggas in the world. So y’all need to stop saying all that gay this, gay that like it’s something wrong with that sh*t when your bitch ass feels better about themselves in this gay designer shoes or this gay designer clothes. So you going to be bashing gay people, you know what I’m saying? I’m here to break all that bullsh*t. I may not personally be gay but I got gay friends, and people on earth that do what the f*ck they do and they need to be accepted as well.
Now that he’s out of the closet, people have plenty to say and most are confirming that they already knew that. Either way, congrats Makonnen and good luck.