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iLoveMakonnen Comes Out

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 28: Recording artist ILoveMakonnen performs onstage at the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Saban Theatre on August 28, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BMI)

Very early this morning, Makonnen Sheran—better known as the rapper iLoveMakonnen—announced on Twitter that he is gay.

Makonnen refers to the revelation as “old news,” and indeed in a New York Times profile published in April 2015, Makonnen seemed to intimate that he was queer:

“The rap world thinks I’m gay,” he said. “A lot of people out there do. They think I’m a homosexual, which is not a problem. I don’t want to say I’m gay, I’m straight, I’m bisexual or any of that, because that’s just. …” he said, trailing off. “Who cares? All that’s doing is dividing us.”

Well anyway, now we know. Makonnen’s most recent mixtape, a collaboration with the producer Danny Wolf titled Red Trap Dragon, was released last August.