Two Rappers, iLoveMakonnen and Taylor Bennett, Come Out
Two hip-hop stars got 2017 off to a fresh start, coming out of the closet within 48 hours of each other.
Rapper ILoveMakonnen revealed he’s gay today, January 20; and two days earlier, Chance the Rapper’s brother Taylor Bennett, an artist in his own right, told fans he’s bisexual.
ILoveMakonnen, born Makonnen Sheran, began his confessional in the early hours of this morning with this (slightly inscrutable) tweet:
“Someone said to me next time they see me, they was gonna f—k me, I said next time I see me, I’m gonna love me up.”
“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] come out,” the Atlanta rapper continued.
“And 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 [live] yours.”
He posted a screenshot of those three tweets on Instagram and added the caption. “Thank you for letting me be myself.”
The 27-year-old hit it big in 2014 when Drake remixed his song “Club Goin’ Up on a Tuesday” and released it as simply “Tuesday.”
He signed to Drake’s label, OVO Sound, weeks later — but then transferred to Warner Bros. Records last April.
Meanwhile, Taylor Bennett is also enjoying a freer life, having tweeted his big news on January 18.
“My birthday is tomorrow & moving into next year I’d like to be more open about myself to help others that struggle with the same issues,” he wrote.
“Growing up I’ve always felt indifferent about my sexuality & being attracted 2 one sex & today I would like to openly come out to my fans.”
“I do recognize myself as a bisexual male & do & have always openly supported the gay community & will keep doing so in 2017,” the 21-year-old asserted.
The Chicago-based rapper, has released four mixtapes so far — self-releasing his material just like brother Chancelor Bennett, better known as Chance the Rapper, who is nearly three years his senior.
On the dual occasion of Taylor’s birthday and coming-out, Chance praised him on Twitter:
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 pic.twitter.com/o0szrB5dBk— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) January 19, 2017
Congrats to both Taylor and Makonnen, two talents undoubtedly on the rise.
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