Publicity stunt?

Tyler the Creator reveals he had a boyfriend when he was a teenager

Did controversial rapper Tyler the Creator finally come out this week? Or is it just another attempt at trolling everyone, as is his wont?

Speaking to Know Wave’s Koopz Tunes radio podcast this week, Tyler revealed he had a boyfriend when he was a teenager.

Asked if he’s more open-minded these days, Tyler replied, “I had a boyfriend when I was fifteen in f*cking Hawthorne. If that’s not open-minded, I don’t know what is.”

Despite the bombshell reveal, the host didn’t ask any followup question about it.

Related: Did notoriously homophobic rapper Tyler The Creator just come out?

26-year-old Tyler has strongly criticized f0r using antigay slurs in his albums, particularly his debut, which features the word “f*ggot” more than 200 times.

“I’m not homophobic,” he told NME at the height of the controversy.

“I just think ‘fa*got’ hits and hurts people. It hits. And ‘gay’ just means you’re stupid. I don’t know, we don’t think about it, we’re just kids. We don’t think about that shit. But I don’t hate gay people. I don’t want anyone to think I’m homophobic.”

But his most recent release Flower Boy, which came out last month, contains some verses which seem to suggest he’s been with men in the past.

Related: We Liked It Better When We Didn’t Know Who Tyler The Creator Was

To confuse things further, yesterday the rapper tweeted that actually, on second thought, he didn’t have a boyfriend when he was 15:

We’re not sure what to make of Tyler’s latest remarks… reveal? …publicity stunt? But we do know the act is getting rather old.

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9 Comments

  • Xzamilloh

    This is exhausting. If it is a publicity stunt, it’s working because lo and behold, Queerty’s writing about it. At this point, I want to see a sex tape, or just shut the hell up about what you might or used to do.

  • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

    Jesusfückingchrist You won’t be satisfied till he bends over and lets you examine. Let him be out the way he wants to be out

  • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

    Fans who follow him KNOW. And also know not to believe that endlessly recycled and uncritically regurgitated and exaggerated media outrage BS.

  • Kangol

    OK, we got it. He should find him one of those young Aryans from the Charlottesville march and be done with it. That’s his type, BTW.

    • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

      Hysteric much

  • Sandym70

    You know what irritates me? Idiotic rappers that give themselves names like “Tyler the Creator” to make their boring closeted “on the down low” asses more interesting than they actually are.

  • Donston

    DIVKID, you’re the one that’s coming off hysteric and dramatic in your attempt to defend this dude. No one is asking him to “bend over”. He’s the one that keeps using his supposed behavior to stir the pot and get attention. It’s not on anyone but him.

    I don’t really give a shit. Never gave two sh*ts abut this dude or his music. And, yes, I sometimes use the word “fag”, though I’m not gonna pretend I don’t understand the implications, and even most children know what it means. Also, saying you’re “open-minded” or that you had a bf back then and then taking it back is not in any shape or form being “out”. It’s incredibly 90’s and just re-enforces stereotypes about “down low culture”, people using sexuality and sexual behavior for attention, and gay-shame.

    Another example of unless you’re gonna keep it 100 it’s better to just hush.

  • billbong99

    Who cares? I mean really. What a waste of time and space.

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