Patti LaBelle Encourages Lil Nas X to Keep on Doing Himself Amid BET Backlash

The Godmother of Soul shares her thought on the controversy sparked by the 'Old Town Road' hitmaker after he delivered provocative same-sex kiss at the 2021 BET Awards.

AceShowbiz - Music icon Patti LaBelle has urged Lil Nas X to "keep on doing you" after facing a backlash for his provocative same-sex kiss at the 2021 BET Awards.

The gay rapper sparked controversy by sharing a passionate kiss with a male dancer as he ended his steamy performance of "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" at the televised Los Angeles prizegiving last month (June 2021), but Patti insists he should ignore his critics and continue to live his best life as an out-and-proud star.

Appearing on SiriusXM satellite radio show "Urban View", she said, "I am really understanding now that people understand people have to live their lives the way they need to live. Sometimes it's not bad to be yourself. It's always good to be yourself and let the chips fall, but don't be afraid and stay in the closet for the rest of your life."

"Lil Nas X came out, he kissed the man on the BET Awards, and it was what he wanted to do. Does that make him a bad person? No, he did himself. I say keep on doing you [sic]..."

The "Lady Marmalade" legend went on to accuse critics of ignoring Lil Nas X's musical talent, and express her support for the "Old Town Road" star.

"Don't blow out someone's candle so yours can light brighter," she chastised his haters. "Don't dim anybody, just give the stage and the audience what you have."

Patti continued, "There's room for everybody, too. Some people are intimidated by certain people and there is no need to be. Just do you, and don't step on anybody's toes, just do you and God will bless you."

Despite the social media uproar surrounding Lil Nas X's BET Awards appearance, only three formal complaints were filed with officials at America's Federal Communications Commission, according to TMZ.

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