Lil Nas X said he was 'afraid of alienating' his 'straight fans' before releasing the outrageous 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 he was a bit anxious to share the song and video, which has been both celebrated and condemned for its explicit references to gay sex and Satanic music video.
'At first I was really afraid of alienating any of my straight fans,' he told Entertainment Weekly for their Pride issue.
'But then it was kind of like, if they feel offended, they were never really here for me. They were here for whatever version of myself they made up in their head.'
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True to himself: Lil Nas X revealed he was worried 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 issue
Montero was a breakthrough for the Old Town Road hitmaker, who came up with the melody after pushing through writing a song he wanted to 'quit' on.
And the song and video were instant hits, debuting at the top of Billboard Hot 100 for the week of April 10, 2021, with 21,000 downloads, 46.9 million streams, and 1.1 million radio airplay audience impressions.
Amplifying the hype, Lil Nas X also released 666 limited edition sneakers which featured satanic imagery and contained a drop of human blood. They sold out almost immediately.
But not all of the attention was good for the Georgia-born artist.
Montero (Call Me By Your Name) and the exclusive kicks also earned a hearty amount of controversy from those worried about the saucy video's effect on youth.
Dancing with the devil: The video caused outrage for depicting the Old Town Road singer giving the Devil a lap dance in the pits of hell