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17 Celebs Share Their Emotional Coming Out Stories

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The “Old Town Road” rapper came out publicly (on Twitter, of course) in June 2019. In an interview with Time, the 20-year-old said that he had been taught as a child that being gay “is never going to be O.K.” and worried about alienating his fanbase: “I know the people who listen to [hip hop] the most, and they’re not accepting of homosexuality.” He told Time that he first came out to his sister and his father in early June and, inspired by the outpouring of support for the LGBTQ community he saw during Pride Month, felt he was “pushed by the universe” to then come out to the public.

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