Makonnen
1.20.2017

iLoveMakonnen Comes Out as Gay

iLoveMakonnen, the former OVO rapper/singer behind the popular Drake-assisted “Tuesday” smash, has bravely decided to open up about his sexuality.

Makonnen revealed the news via Twitter on Friday (Jan. 20). “As a fashion icon, I can’t tell u about everybody else’s closet, I can only tell u about mine, and it’s time I’ve come out,” he wrote. “Since y’all love breaking news, here’s some old news to break, I’m gay. And now I’ve told u about my life, maybe u can go life yours.”

Soon, Makonnen took to Instagram to share those tweets. His caption: “Thank you for letting me be myself.”

Thank you for letting me be myself.❤

A photo posted by Red Dragon Makonnen (@ilovemakonnen) on

The licensed cosmetologist has been outspoken about the better treatment of the LGBT community in the past. Just last year, the MC/crooner bashed homophobia in hip-hop.

“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 fa**ot and gay bashing,” he told XXL. “All these designers that y’all are spending on are the gayest ni**as in the world. And if you don’t know that you’re the dumbest ni**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…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.”

Earlier this week, Chance the Rapper’s younger brother Taylor Bennett also opened up about his sexuality on Twitter. The Chicago MC revealed that he identifies as a bisexual man.

Chano later supported his brother with a video on his birthday and a caption that read: “Love this man right here, through any and all. He has grown into a great man. He’s got God and me behind him, he cannot fail he cannot fall.”