Gay rapper explains why he had been in closet before

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording artist ILoveMakonnen arrives at the Warner Music Group's celebration for the 58th annual Grammy Awards at Milk Studios on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

iLoveMakonnen, the Grammy-nominated rapper who came out as gay this winter revealed the reason why he waited so long. His news was welcomed by fans, but he was on the receiving end of homophobic abuse from rap group Migos, who said it was proof “the world is f**ked up”. The group has a single named Versace, and Makonnen is, mildly speaking, confused about how can they refer to the gay fashion icon and be homophobic at once. “They f**kin’ song is “Versace”! Like, the f**k, n***a? [Gianni] Versace is the gayest n***a. They ain’t got issues with him, why they got issues with me?” the rapper said, insisting that he is pro-peace and does not want any conflicts, and the misunderstanding should not lead to war. About his decision to not come out earlier in his career, he added: “I just respect the game I’ve been invited to play. It’s like you’ve been called into the NBA and ‘Oh s**t, you scoring!’. Then you decided you want to wear a goddamn bandana, and that’s kinda not part of the NBA rules but, like, ‘It’s cool bruh, you can play, do your thing!’ So the elders, they were kind saying, ‘Hip-hop, we don’t do all of that gay s**t, we all on straight s**t.’ But now it’s like — I put my bandana on. I guess everybody felt like I was lying and I was ashamed for it, ’cause I didn’t come out as gay earlier. It’s like, why do I need to come out as gay to do open heart surgery on your dumb ass? Please explain that.”

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