On June 30 2019, the last day of Pride month, Lil Nas X came out publicly as [email protected]
Montero Lamar Hill known as Lil Nas X excited announced on Twitter that his bundle of joy is due September 17th 2021.
Lil Nas X is expecting — his debut album Montero, that is.
In celebration of the impending delivery of his “baby” on Sept. 17, the musician, 22, did an over-the-top pregnancy shoot, complete with a bump and flower crown.
“Lil Nas X (né Montero Lamar Hill) tells PEOPLE exclusively that he came up with the idea to do the shoot after listening to Megan Thee Stallion’s verse on his new song “Dolla Sign Slime” for the first time.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is amazing,’ so I immediately called my stylist,” he says. “She was like, ‘Wow, this all comes together. Your album. Your baby.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, this is my baby, huh?’ As a joke, she was like, ‘Yeah, you should do a pregnancy shoot.’””I was like, ‘You know what? That’s actually brilliant,’” he continues. “So now we have this entire thing coming out, and it’s going to be amazing.”
The timing of the photos coming out now also couldn’t have been better, as Lil Nas X just posted a spoof to Instagram on Monday of Drake’s Certified Lover Boy cover art featuring several pregnant women emojis with the difference being that his features pregnant men.
“I was like, ‘There’s no way the universe is lining up this perfect for this to happen,” he says with a laugh.
Asked whether the album is an immaculate conception of sorts, Lil Nas X responds, “I guess I am the father as well as the mother.”
But I guess the producers who worked on it are like the dads too,” he says, before giving it another thought: “Or maybe uncles.”
Montero was largely created over the past year in lockdown. The creation of this new music, Lil Nas X said on Twitter last week, was “therapeutic.”
I’ve changed in so many ways,” he says now. “I’ve changed the way that I handle a lot of situations, the way I manage my sadness and anger and just understanding that I don’t have to react to emotions in certain ways. I can’t choose how I feel, but I can choose how to react. I’ve learned to let people’s comments roll off my back.”
The Tweet caused commotion between his followers as some were congratulating him and some were criticizing him.
The 22-year old did an over-the-top pregnancy shoot, complete with a bump and flower crown.