Lil Nas X Shares His Mother’s Battle With Addiction

Lil Nas X Shares His Mother’s Battle With Addiction

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Lil Nas X is proof that no amount of success can make everything in life go according to plan. The rapper has revealed that his mother struggles with drug addiction and that their relationship is anything but perfect. 

For the first time, the “Old Town Road” star is six times nominated for the 62nd annual Grammy’s Award. While sharing his experiences on his rise to fame during a Variety interview, he shares that a lot has happened this year in regards to drugs and death.


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X says, “You know, drugs and murders. And my grandmother passing – she was the first person close to me who died. It was devastating. And it made me a hypochondriac: I’d wake up, heart racing. It was scary.” He added that tragedy caused him to smoke heavily, “…but then I started feeling more connected with the universe, and taking everything as a sign.” 

While dealing with so many life-altering situations, he was quietly attempting to get his mom rehabilitated saying, “I never really talk about my mom. She’s an addict so we don’t have the closest relationship…Even trying to get her better – things didn’t quite work out. But there’s still love…The biggest surprise of becoming globally famous? On the outside, everybody loves you – but on the inside, everything the same.”

Last year, X says his festival appearances were canceled because of his lack of confidence. And his time away did not serve him in the best way he says, “I would start to overthink it all and get so overwhelmed.”

The star has been strong through it all and manages to show the best of himself to the public. We can all look forward to cheering him on during the Grammys this weekend for his talent and undeniable bravery through adversity.