Lil Nas X was a trending Twitter topic again this week, but this time it wasn’t because of his controversial “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” video or human blood-tinged “Satan Shoes.”

No, this time the Grammy Award winner was accused of mistreating his mother who was allegedly recorded begging for food and money on an Atlanta street corner. The clip started making the social media rounds on Wednesday (April 14), with many assuming Lil Nas X callously abandoned her.

But as Lil Nas X’s father Robert Stafford explained in a recent Instagram post, the 22-year-old’s mother has been struggling with addiction. On Thursday (April 15), Stafford posted a snap of his famous son with his arm around him and defended the vicious rumors.

“Despite what people say @lilnasx is the greatest kid a parent can be BLESSED with,” he wrote in the caption. “Although his mom is in a struggle with an addiction she’s STILL a QUEEN and he goes through great lengths to make sure we’re taking care of.

“Those who have family members and friends dealing with addiction understands that there ain’t enough money you can throw at this situation to make it right. I don’t usually address personal issues publicly but felt like this need to be. Please join us in keeping her in your PRAYERS. And to those out there trying to create a false story you wont prosper.”


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Lil Nas X has spoken on his strained relationship with his mother in the past while touching on fame in the process. During a January 2020 interview with Variety, he admitted they weren’t close, but said he still cares about her.

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“I never really talk about my mom,” he said at the time. “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 [feels] the same.”