January 20, 2017


ILoveMakonnen Comes Out as Gay: 'Thank You for Letting Me Be Myself'

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ILoveMakonnen announced in the early hours on Friday that he is gay. The 27-year-old Atlanta musician and Octobers Very Own alum best known for the Drake-featuring "Tuesday" wrote on Twitter and Instagram:

On Instagram, he shared a screenshot of the three tweets and added the caption, "Thank you for letting me be myself.❤."

Pitchfork notes that Makonnen "has previously called out homophobia and 'gay-bashing' in hip-hop." A year ago he told XXL:

"One thing about hip-hop and rap that really gets on my nerve is that they got so much shit to say about gays, lesbians and so anti-gay, all that is just a lot of shit where they want to say f----t and gay bashing. All these designers that y’all are spending on are the gayest n---as in the world. And if you don’t know that you’re the dumbest n---as in the world. So y’all need to stop saying all that gay this, gay that like it’s something wrong with that shit 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 bullshit. I may not personally be gay but I got gay friends and people on earth that do what the fuck they do and they need to be accepted as well."

The man with the perfectly distinguishable croon has been dropping mixtapes since 2010, totaling more than 15 to date. He release two EPs in 2014 and '15 and has teamed with Gucci Mane, Mike WiLL Made-It, SantigoldSteve Aoki, Skepta, Lil Yachty and many more.

Watch Fuse's old-school interview with ILoveMakonnen: