- Jaden Smith performed at the Camp Flog Gnaw music festival in California on Sunday.
- While onstage, he proclaimed multiple times that Tyler, The Creator is his boyfriend.
- Fans managed to capture the entire exchange on film, wherein Tyler responds by laughing and shaking his head – appearing to suggest that Smith was joking.
- After the performance, Smith wrote on Twitter: “Yup @tylerthecreator I Told Everyone You Can’t Deny It Now.”
On Sunday, while performing at the Camp Flog Gnaw music festival in California, Jaden Smith announced onstage that Tyler, The Creator is his boyfriend.
Smith began his monologue by praising Tyler, a fellow rapper who founded the festival in 2012.
“I just wanna say Tyler, The Creator is the best friend in the world and I love him so f—ing much,” Smith said into the microphone. “And I wanna tell you guys something – I wanna tell you. Tyler doesn’t wanna say, but Tyler’s my motherf—ing boyfriend! And he’s been my motherf—ing boyfriend my whole f—ing life!”
“Tyler, The Creator is my f—ing boyfriend! It’s true!”
Many fans managed to capture the speech on film. In one video, the camera pans to Tyler at this point – who shook his finger, looked at the crowd, and shook his head “no.”
Multiple fan videos catch Tyler laughing during Smith’s speech.
“Tyler, The Creator is my f—ing boyfriend. OK? You take anything away from this f—ing show, that’s what you need to take away,” he concluded.
After the performance, Smith wrote on Twitter: “Yup @tylerthecreator I Told Everyone You Can’t Deny It Now.”
On Monday morning, Tyler replied: “hahaha you a crazy n—- man.”
hahaha you a crazy nigga man
— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 12, 2018
Tyler’s reaction appears to suggest that Smith was joking; it’s unclear whether Smith was simply up to his usual antics or genuinely announcing a romantic relationship.
Neither 20-year-old Smith nor 27-year-old Tyler – real name Tyler Gregory Okonma – have explicitly labelled their own sexualities.
Smith is known for embracing gender-fluid fashion and seems to have actively avoided labelling himself in any way. Tyler has called himself gay and alluded to “coming out of the closet” on Twitter multiple times.
I TRIED TO COME OUT THE DAMN CLOSET LIKE FOUR DAYS AGO AND NO ONE CARED HAHAHHAHAHA
— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) April 13, 2015
Tyler appeared to confirm his queerness on his 2017 album “Flower Boy.”
On “I Ain’t Got Time!” he raps: “Next line will have ’em like ‘whoa’ / I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004.” Another track, “Garden Shed,” appears to detail his struggles coming to terms with his sexuality.