To say that Lil Nas X had a successful 2021 is an understatement. “Industry Baby” star rose from viral fame of “Old Town Road” to worldwide fame Montero takeover, and while critics didn’t like it, the Nas X star continues to rise. His album topped the charts with their subsequent singles, and Lil Nas X is set for an even bigger year in 2022.

He kicks off the new year with a candid interview that will air on CBS mornings, and during the conversation with Tracy Smith, Lil Nas X opened up about her social media presence.

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It is well known that Nas X knows how to balance his personal and professional life with his online visibility, and he has often spoken of not taking social media too seriously. He trolls those who try to taunt him, and he makes sure to keep things light even in the face of racism and homophobia. In his interview with CBS Mornings, Nas X explained that he considers social media to be family.

“It was probably one of the first places I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is for me,'” he said. “It’s like my real family. I have become closer to people I have met online than to people I have met in real life. Adding: “I learned the ways of the internet … I learned how to go viral and what to stay out of.”

Lil Nas X also opened up about his childhood, his rise to stardom and his sexuality. “I feel like I’m a lot more out there with that,” he said. “It’s always been, ‘Okay, you’re gay, that needs to be sanitized .’… Gay, but let’s not include anything sexual. It’s like, ‘Be gay without being gay.’ His interview was reportedly broadcast on January 2.

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