Who is Lil Nas X dating? Rumors about dancer Yai Ariza after rapper kissed him at BET Awards
Rapper Lil Nas X made headlines back in June when he kissed another man passionately on stage at the BET Awards. After a little research, internet sleuths have discovered the identity of the dancer who lip-locked with the rapper, rumored to be his boyfriend.
On June 28, the Black, queer singer performed his hit song 'Montero (Call me by your name)' live on stage in an Egyptian-themed performance. While onstage, at one point, 22-year-old was surrounded by a group of male dancers and he ended up kissing one of them in the full view of the public. Lil Nas X has been vocal about his stance against homophobia in black spaces and he has also actively spoken out against anyone on Twitter who has claimed that he is pushing a “gay agenda.”
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Fans were quick to identify the dancer kissed by the rapper as Yai Ariza. Lil Nas X also posted a story on his Instagram where he was seen shirtless in bed on top of a bare-bodied man. Although the face of the other man was not visible in the post, a number of social media users guessed that it must be Ariza. One fan who identified Ariza as the one kissed by Lil Nas X, also pointed out that the dancer had licked the rapper's neck in the (in)famous SNL performance.
Posting this so future me scrolling through my page will remember how Yai Ariza aka the lucky dancer who licked Lil Nas X's neck and who got kissed by him, liked my poster on instagram. Biggest achievement to this date. Congrats to myself ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/TtGp27duiz— Alphaeus Sherlock Jr. 🏹 (@AlphaNasX) July 16, 2021
On Monday, the rapper took to his IG stories and posted a couple of sped-up videos showing him getting his house ready for his boyfriend by laying down a trail of rose petals all over the place and arranging a delicious-looking feast on the balcony. "I set up a romantic date for my boyfriend because he's returning to the country today. How did I do guys?" the graphics on the screen read. The video was originally posted on the rapper's TikTok page.
Who is Yai Ariza?
A look at Ariza’s Instagram stories posted over the weekend show Lil Nas X in the background. What's more, the rapper was also seen actively commenting on Ariza’s Instagram posts. An article on out.com introduced Ariza as "Lil Nas X's dancer (and rumored boyfriend)"
Ariza’s Instagram bio describes him as “He/Him; Born and raised in Colombia 🇨🇴; Living in Los Ángeles.” He has appeared in many queer-themed projects, one of them being a dance cover of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s 'WAP.' The video had several queer men of color dancing to the popular song, Ariza being one of them. Apart from that, Ariza also performed for Lil Nas X’s SNL performance. He infamously licked Lil Nas X's neck. However, that moment was overshadowed by the fact that the rapper right his pants on stage.
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Making history with 'Industry Baby'
Recently he thanked his agent and Lil Nas X for giving him the opportunity to feature in the music video for Lil Nas X's new music video, 'Industry Baby' where the rapper along with the dancers are seen dancing in the nude under the shower. "THIS ONE IS FOR THE CHAMPIONS I feel soooooo Grateful and Happy by the opportunities that life have been giving me ! Thank you so much @itsbankhead @lilnasx 🤍 for make me part of INDUSTRY BABY !! WE DID THAT Also…. It feels so nice to work with dancers like you guys ! Thank you for that beutiful ENERGIA," he wrote. Neither Lil Nas X nor Yai Ariza have commented about the dating rumors circulating online as of now.