Photo Credit: Lil Nas X/Instagram; Nicki Minaj/Instagram

Lil Nas X found himself in a little bit of a pickle last night when he ended up pretty close to being on the wrong side of Nicki Minaj’ fans. And that’s a place no one wants to be. It started when he tweeted her saying he wanted to do a song with her and tweeted her an emoji and engagement ring. He said he was proposing. That was cute. But what happened next jolted fans of both artists just a bit.

A fan responded to his proposal saying, “How come you never claimed her when people asked if you were a barb?? We all knew who you were.” His response was, “i didn’t want people to know i was a gay tbh.” I read that and immediately said, “awwwww.” He’s one of the young gays and didn’t know any better. The fans cut him some slack moving forward from there.

“it don’t but 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,” a fan told him. He responded by saying it didn’t but the industry wasn’t exactly going to give him an easy time knowing he ran a fan page for her. Luckily Nicki understood and told him it was okay.

“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. @LilNasX” Nicki tweeted him. It’s always good to see veteran artists reaching out in a kind way to younger artists, especially someone that just came out of the closet trying to feel his way around the industry in life in general. After all, Nicki is 37 and he’s 21. What would she get out of punching down at him anyway. Meanwhile, we’re hoping these two do get a chance to work together.