Lil Nas X
is clearing the air after splitting his pants
on “Saturday Night Live
” over the weekend, assuring fans that the wardrobe malfunction
was not staged.
During an appearance on “The Tonight Show
” on Monday, the two-time Grammy winner recalled what was going through his mind during the viral
moment, which occurred near the end of his debut live performance of the No. 1 smash “Montero (Call Me by Your Name).”
“I'm pretty much going down the pole, doing my little sexy drop down, and boom! I feel air,” he told host Jimmy Fallon
, “and I'm like, 'OK, there's definitely a breeze going on,' and I also felt some popping going on while I was down there.”
Of course, Lil Nas X couldn't stop the "SNL
" broadcast, so he held his hand over his crotch for the rest of the song to avoid a Lil Nas X-rated moment.
“You know what the worst part is? At the end of the performance, the dancers are supposed to touch and tug on me, and they were tugging on my pants,” he explained.
Though the Atlanta
rapper and singer now laughs about it, the wardrobe mishap apparently weighed on his mind as he prepared for his late-night television
appearance. As the interview
aired, he joked on Twitter
that he'd chosen a red tartan skirt for his "Tonight Show" appearance because he "will never trust pants again."
Stop asking why I'm wearing a skirt; I'll never trust pants again! https://t.co/Ut5hglsvdz
— nope (@LilNasX) May 25, 2021
In another interview on “The Tonight Show,” Lil Nas X shared “SNL” rehearsal footage of him performing an acrobatic dance move that he had removed from the final performance due to the pants rip.
“I want everyone who thought it was a publicity stunt to see that,” he jokingly said.
Aside from his newfound disdain for trousers, Lil Nas X expressed his eagerness for fans to hear the entirety of his upcoming album "Montero."
“My entire life has led up to this moment,” he said. “It’s honest. It’s 100% me. I’m exploring my sexuality, myself. It’s like a coming-of-age story.”