Out rapper Lil Nas X declined to collaborate on a remix of his hit single “Old Town Road” with presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, according to the Daily Beast.
Lil Nas X was the headliner for BuzzFeed’s “Internet Live” variety show event on Thursday. The Daily Beast reports that the South Bend, Ind. mayor was pitched on an idea to appear via video to recite the lyrics to Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.”
The 20-year-old rapper turned the idea down because he didn’t want to appear to be endorsing a particular candidate. As a result, Buttigieg did not participate in the event.
Buttigieg publicly declared his support for Lil Nas X when he came out as gay at the end of Pride month.
“As a fan, I’m thrilled and inspired to see him standing in his truth as a member of the LGBTQ community,” Buttigieg tweeted. “Welcome to the family!”
.@LilNasX has gone from viral sensation to groundbreaking musician. As a fan, I’m thrilled and inspired to see him standing in his truth as a member of the LGBTQ community. Welcome to the family! #pride https://t.co/H81iXxCII6— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) July 3, 2019