Rapper Tyler the Creator has shrugged off claims that he’s homophobic and revealed that he had a boyfriend when he was a teenager.
Appearing on the Know Wave radio show on Monday, the 26-year-old said he has long been open minded, despite previously being accused of being homophobic.
“Open-minded now? I had a boyfriend when I was 15 in f—ing Hawthorne, n—-,” the rapper – real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma explained. “If that’s not open-minded, then I don’t know what the f— is.”
The Nuts & Bolts star took to Twitter on Wednesday and seemed to backtrack on his earlier statement.
“Figure of speech to get Koopz ‘open minded’ point across, I was single at 15 haha,” Tyler tweeted.
While Tyler was heavily criticized after his earlier releases used anti-gay slurs, his most recent album Flower Boy contained some verses which suggested he had been with men in the past.