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Earlier this week, Lil Nas X came out as gay in a series of cryptic posts on the last day of Gay Pride month. Now, in a new interview with BBC, the artist addresses some of the negative reactions he’s received since coming out.

When asked if he expected any backlash to his announcement, he responded, “Oh, I’m already getting it.”

He continued, “I’m not angry… because I understand how they want that reaction.” He also revealed his strategy with dealing with homophobic comments — “I’m just going to joke back with them,” he said, something which is evident while scrolling through his Twitter.

Lil Nas X also revealed that he considered not coming out but changed his mind. “I don’t want to just live my entire life, especially how I got to where I’m at, just not doing what I want to do,” he said.

Despite admitting that being gay was “not really accepted in either the country or hip-hop communities,” the singer said that he hoped his fans would “feel comfortable” and said that “I’m also, I feel like, opening the doors for more people.”

Watch the video below.

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