KEY POINTS

  • Lil Nas X interacted with kids Wednesday
  • The singer explained the meaning of "coming out of the closet"
  • He encouraged kids to be "yourself, no matter who's watching"

The young hosts of "Arts & Raps" — Zaria Kelley and Dilan Patton — had a funny, yet informative session with Lil Nas X Wednesday.

The 22-year-old singer appeared on the latest episode of the YouTube show and explained to kids the meaning of the expression "coming out of the closet."

Montero Lamar Hill, popularly known by his stage name Lil Nas X, was asked by a kid "what does it mean to come out of the closet?" The singer immediately replied, "It means you're like, 'Hey everybody, I'm this thing, and you guys didn't even know that, but now you know."

"Why are people in the closet in the first place?" another kid asked.

"Because you know back to that thing I said earlier about what we think about what other people think about us," the singer explained. "So once we tell somebody with this thing or that thing their mind shifts completely and it doesn't matter how close you are to them."

Patton also had his own story to share with the two-time Grammy winner. He said, "Me and my older cousin, he keeps pushing my brother into the closet. And we close the door and blink the lights on and off, and then say '666' or 'Bloody Mary.' And then he swore he saw something."

The singer kept a straight face before he burst into laughter and said, "that's exactly what happened to me. That's exactly what I meant when I said I was coming out of the closet."

When Kelley asked the singer the meaning of being "unapologetically you," he explained, "It means just doing yourself at all costs, no matter who's watching."

"It gets really hard, because everybody in the world, we always think about what everybody else is thinking about us," he added. "Sometimes, we forget to think about what we think about ourselves, you know?"

"I won't say that I don't care," he said. "It's like, I'm able to care and push it off of my shoulder."

Nas X came out as gay on June 30, 2019, on the last day of Pride Month. "Some of y'all already know, some of y'all don't care, some of y'all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y'all to listen closely to c7osure," he tweeted at the time.

The singer came under the fire following his latest single, "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)," which was released on March 26. The music video featured the singer stealing devil's horns after sliding down a pole from heaven. Lil Nas X was also shown giving a lap dance to the devil, which received a lot of criticism for being a bad influence on kids.

Lil Nas X Lil Nas X is pictured at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, 2020 in Los Angeles. Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic