The rapper only admitted to being a Barb after publicly coming out as gay.

A Barb, in case you didn't know, is what Nicki Minaj's followers call themselves. And it turns out that Lil Nas X was afraid of admitting to being one, in case people thought that he was gay.

Lil Nas X came out as gay a number of months following the release of his debut track with Billy Ray Cyrus, 'Old Town Road' in 2019.

Now however, the young rapper has said that he was scared to reveal he liked Nicki Minaj's music in case it was a giveaway of his sexuality. Making a recent proposition to Minaj, he asked if she was up for a collaboration on a track that he's been working on. He tweeted: "I have this song I want you on and was wondering..."

To which a fan replied and asked him why he hadn't come out as a Barb before this.

He replied: "I didn’t want people to know I was gay".

Speaking of his reasoning behind his past decision to keep quiet, he explained that his opinion on the current rap and music industry is one which "ain’t exactly built or accepting of gay men yet".

However, Nicki Minaj has noticed the onslaught of fan outrage towards Lil Nas X, and has wished the rapper well for speaking how he really feels. She said: "It was a bit of a sting when you denied being a barb, but I understand. Congratulations on building up your confidence to speak your truth."

So, alls well that ends well - but we wonder if that collaboration is still on the cards?