Playboi Carti Has Embraced The LGBTQ Community. Does That Mean He’s Gay?
Elusive rapper Playboi Carti took some questions in a rare interview and offered support of the LGBTQ community. Immediately fans started to debate his sexuality, wondering whether he is gay or straight.
Playboi Carti was asked by XXL about his “vamp” fashion sense. The rapper is often seen wearing rock/metal face makeup and fingernail polish and dark, gothic, avant-garde clothing. Nevertheless, Carti stood confident in his style, answering, “I wouldn’t give a f**k because it’s like, I love everybody.”
The rapper went on to say, “I don’t judge anybody. I have gay friends. I have trans friends, you know what I’m saying? I done dated…”
The interviewer then cut him off before he could finish and didn’t push the rapper with any further questions. This left fans with questions about what Playboi was about to reveal. Did he just come out as gay… or not?
The interview left readers with many questions about the album, Music, and clothing line he referenced in the piece.
However, the talk of the town was the aforementioned unfinished statement about being open and supportive of the LGBTQ community.
Many walked away from Carti’s comment “I’ve done dated…” with questions. They wondered if it was to show support or him revealing his sexual preferences.
Screenshots of the interview circulated on Twitter like wildfire, with complaints that XXL missed the opportunity to cover a new realm of LGBTQ support in the interview.
Carti has previously found himself in a sea of questions about his personal fashion choices. A frequent wearer of skirts, eyeliner, and always rocking the nail polish, Playboi said it best in his song “New Tank”, “They thought I was gay!”
Moreover, yhis also isn’t the first time these rumors have come into circulation. In November 2017, rumors surfaced that Playboi Carti was gay after his ex-girlfriend Rubi Rose liked a comment calling him out.
The ellipsis after “dated” prompted many fans of Playboi Carti to speculate that the rapper was perhaps about to reveal things about his previous relationships. They wondered if the rapper was romantically involved with someone from the LGBTQ+ community.
A reader tweeted, “damn dated who? would be cool to see a high profile rapper like carti talk about having dated trans women, or even men tbh 😂 but i guess that wasn’t in the cards for this interview”.
In 2012, Frank Ocean came out as bisexual in a raw and emotionally vulnerable Tumblr note, right before the release of his debut album Channel Orange.
Meanwhile, Tyler The Creator said he tried to come out.
“I TRIED TO COME OUT THE DAMN CLOSET LIKE FOUR DAYS AGO AND NO ONE CARED HAHAHHAHAHA,” he tweeted in April 2015.
Jaden Smith even caught some laughs and turned some heads in 2018 with his comment about Tyler the Creator being his boyfriend.
“Tyler doesn’t wanna say, but Tyler is my muthafuckin’ boyfriend, and he’s been my muthafuckin’ boyfriend my whole fuckin’ life!”
However, joke or not, the artists let the hypermasculine world of rap take a backseat to connect with people who may not always feel seen or accepted in the world.
For example, notoriously queer and proud artist, Lil Nas X, cited the above-mentioned men as the reason he felt comfortable coming out and staying in the rap game.
In Carti’s case, offering support or announcing his sexuality should be an opportunity to grow rap, not tear it apart.