Lil Nas X covers GQ’s “Men of the Year” issue photographed by Pari Dukovic and styled by Mobolaji Dawodu.
You said that you’re having a good day. What’s made it a good day?
“I’m just excited for the future. Just setting habits for myself. Handling things differently. You know, I love self-help books. They genuinely help. I’m setting systems for myself instead of goals: working out more and whatnot. Trying to improve my stamina onstage. I’m back to drinking this water. In the studio a lot. Always trying to experiment and try new things and never try to make the same song over again. Yeah, all of that.”
The idea that right now you’re most in love with your work, but you do still have this yearning to be affirmed and loved by someone else. Do you feel those things are going to be in conflict for a long time?
I feel I still want to hang out with guys every now and then. I don’t want anything that’s—not to be a whore or anything, but I don’t want anything that’s like, “I need your time right now.”
Photographs by Pari Dukovic
Styled by Mobolaji Dawodu
Hair by Stacey Kutz
Skin by Grace Pae
Manicure by Kimmie Kyees
[Photo Credit: Pari Dukovic/GQ Magazine]