AceShowbiz - %cTyler, the Creator% has been known for his homophobic slurs on his music. However, he was recently rumored to be coming out of the closet on his new album "Scum Fuck Flower Boy". While he has yet to address the issue and reveal his sexuality, in a recent interview, he shared that he once had a boyfriend when he was 15 years old.
Speaking to Know Wave's Koopz Tunes radio show on Monday, August 14, the 26-year-old spitter said, "Open-minded now? I had a boyfriend when I was 15 in f**king Hawthorne, n***a. If that's not open-minded, then I don't know what the f**k is."
Oddly, Tyler later seemingly denied his own statement. He took to his Twitter account to address it, writing, "Figure of speech to get Koopz 'open minded' point across, I was single at 15 haha."
figure of speech to get koopz 'open minded' point across, i was single at 15 haha— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) 16 Agustus 2017
While Tyler's sexuality remained a mystery, his new album definitely looked like a potential revelation. On a song called "I Ain't Got Time", he rapped about "kissing white boys since 2004." Meanwhile, on another track titled "Garden Shed", he appeared to be discussing his struggle to come out of the closet while rhyming, "Them feeling I was guardin', heavy on my mind/ All my friends lost, they couldn't read the signs/ I didn't wanna talk and tell 'em my location/ And they ain't wanna walk/ Truth is, since a youth kid, thought it was a phase/ Thought it's be like the Frank; poof, gone, but, it's still goin' on."
Some fans were not shocked by the potential confession, as Tyler allegedly tried to come out as a gay back in 2015. Unfortunately, everyone thought he was joking. "I TRIED TO COME OUT THE DAMN CLOSET LIKE FOUR DAYS AGO BUT NO ONE CARED HAHAHAHAHA," he tweeted. People didn't take him seriously because he was known as a homophobic rapper since he used the word "f****t" more than 200 times on his debut album.
In 2011, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) slammed Tyler and %cOdd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All% for their homophobic lyrics. "Tyler and Odd Future are padding their lyrics with anti-gay slurs and dangerous, violent rhetoric," a rep for the organization wrote. "But there is nothing ironically clever about hate speech, particularly when a significant part of those listening are adolescents seeking to emulate their favorite artists. It's simply irresponsible and destructive."
The "Who Dat Boy" rapper didn't find the issue alarming. In response to the statement, he simply said, "Well, I have gay fans and they don't really take it offensive, so I don't know. If it offends you, it offends you."