And he's already taken the statements back.
Tyler, The Creator clarified some lines on his new album Flower Boy in a new interview. Sitting down with Koopz Tunes, the rapper doubled down on the insinuations of tracks like “Garden Shed” that set the internet buzzing about Tyler’s sexuality.
When the host said that Tyler was “open-minded” to put such things out there on a rap record, Tyler responded in a way that said he’s never been afraid of catching heat for his sexuality. “Open-minded now? I had a boyfriend when I was 15 in f*cking Hawthorne, n*gga,” Tyler explained. “If that’s not open-minded, then I don’t know what the f*ck that is.”
Tyler hinted at the fact that he was bisexual in the song “Garden Shed.” He nodded to it in the following verse, where he compared having to keep his sexuality secret to hiding in a shed.
That is where I was hidin’
That is what love I was I in
Ain’t no reason to pretend
Garden shed, garden shed, garden shed
Garden shed for the garçons
Them feelings I was guardin’
Heavy on my mind
All my friends lost
They couldn’t read the signs
I didn’t wanna talk and tell ’em my location
However, he’s already walked back the statements he made on Koopz Tunes. He said that the statement about having a boyfriend at 15 was a joking exaggeration to drive home the host’s point that he was open-minded.
Fan reaction to Tyler’s walk-back tweet has been mixed.
“JUST COME OUT FOR REAL,” wrote one follower.
“*takes one step back into the closet*,” wrote another.
Other fans began to wonder if Tyler was milking the ambiguity of his sexuality for publicity.
“U rlly milking this ‘is he gay’ thing huh,” said one fan.
But another thought that the way that Tyler was going about things made his album even better.
“Maybe I’m wrong, but the ambiguity is iconic in that it doesn’t matter if he is or isn’t,” they said. “The songs apply to all forms of love regardless.”
Tyler has quickly changed the subject on his Twitter. He’s now promoting the sale of tickets to his annual Flog Gnaw carnival and asking fans to name their favorite track on his new album.
It’s not the first time in the last few weeks that Tyler has made headlines for his comments. He blasted ScHoolboy Q over Twitter after the TDE rapper claims he was left off of a song because Tyler didn’t want to “get bodied” on his own track.
“You fat, lying b*tch. I made that beat specifically for you and ‘ehh, nahh’ so I kept it you dirty n*gga,” Tyler responded.
While it might have seemed like a beef, taking a look over their interactions in the past revealed that this is just how the pair talk to one another. They had previously clowned each other on Instagram without creating any actual bad blood between themselves. There’s hope for Tyler X Q yet.
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