Rumors are suddenly swirling around Tyler The Creator’s Flower BoyLP. After the album apparently leaked late Sunday night (July 9), fans are saying it features a confessional Tyler who admits he’s gay, or at least bi-sexual. Several subsequent social media posts claim the Odd Future rapper “comes out of the closet” on the album.
On the song “I Ain’t Got Time!,” he raps: “Next line will have ’em like ‘Whoa’/ I been kissing white boys since 2004.”
Another track, “Garden Shed” featuring Estelle, revolves around forbidden love and keeping secrets.
Garden shed, garden shed, garden shed, garden shed
For the garden
That is where I was hidin’
That was where love I was 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
And they ain’t wanna walk
Truth is, since a youth kid, thought it was a phase
Thought it’d be like the Frank; poof, gone
But, it’s still goin’ on
Other people are also saying it’s nothing new and that he’s mentioned multiple times that he was gay. Interestingly enough, in 2015 Tyler posted an tweet that read: “I TRIED TO COME OUT THE DAMN CLOSET LIKE FOUR DAYS AGO AND NO ONE CARED HAHAHHAHAHA.”
I TRIED TO COME OUT THE DAMN CLOSET LIKE FOUR DAYS AGO AND NO ONE CARED HAHAHHAHAHA
— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) April 13, 2015
Flower Boy is expected to officially arrive on July 21, and features guest appearances from Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne, Estelle, Roy Ayers and Jaden Smith.
Tyler has not responded to the speculations or leak yet. Check out some of the reactions below.
the homophobes when they realize Tyler the creator is gay and they've been feelin him for years pic.twitter.com/M7GJN4HoHC
— Frank (@youriefrank) July 10, 2017
people surprised tyler the creator is gay and came out the closet im just more surprised this fool let his album leak.
— ryan (@BrownCostanza) July 10, 2017
heard tyler the creator came out the closet in hus album leak, didn’t listen but y’all fans better keep that same energy of support.
— ken (@Slhut) July 10, 2017
@tylerthecreator Yo tyler all this concerning your album leak: just know that we love you man. And imma need that physical nigga
— Francky Wallace (@frxncktvrtle) July 10, 2017
tyler, the creator in 2011: uses word 'faggot' 213 times on debut album
tyler, the creator in 2017: comes out as gay#characterdevelopment
— Killa Cam (@CamonDash) July 10, 2017
Tyler the Creator said he was gay like 12 times since Goblin dropped and niggas was like "nah, you just trolling cuz you miss your dad"
— Hideo Glojima (@ActionBastard) July 10, 2017
Remember when frank ocean came out and Tyler the creator was like "I knew that nigga was gay cause he eat unfrosted poptarts" lol.
— DJ Ghetto Xenomorph (@HE_VALENCIA) July 9, 2017
Damn so Tyler the creator gay huh? Lowkey not surprised, shocked he waited so long to come out though.
— Malik (@nogoodmyles) July 10, 2017