Rapper Lil Nas X has shot off claims that he staged his wardrobe malfunction during his debut appearance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend.
During his performance, the Old Town Road singer shredded his leather trousers while recreating his stripper pole dance from his Montero (Call Me by Your Name) music video and had to cover his groin area with his hands.
After the event, Nas X turned to Twitter to express his chagrin at the situation, and he’s since acknowledged it might have been a lot worse if his pants’ seam had ripped earlier in his set.
“I’m pretty much going down the pole, doing my little seductive drop down and bang!” he remarked during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, referring to the disaster. I can sense the presence of air.
“‘OK, there’s definitely a breeze going on,’ I say. And while I was down there, I could still hear some popping.”
All the star was concerned about at the time was accidentally showing his genitals on live television.
“Do you want to know what’s the worst part? The dancers were supposed to touch and tug on me at the end of the performance, but they were tugging on my jeans instead. “Please God, no!” exclaimed the 22-year-old, explaining that he couldn’t warn them about the wardrobe malfunction because they were in the middle of a song.
He did, however, add, “It was a wonderful time.” Everything would’ve been over if they’d ripped at any other point throughout the show.”
Nas X remained rooted to the location even after the set ended.
“Everyone was exiting the stage, and a lot of the SNL people still didn’t know (about the split pants…,” he explained.
“‘Come on, Nas, you have to get ready for the next performance,’ they said. ‘I can’t go because everyone here will see everything,’ I say. Please bring a towel for me.’ As a result, they delivered a towel to me.”
During the interview, host Jimmy Fallon showed footage from Nas X’s rehearsals to show viewers how the performance was supposed to go, with the rapper circling around the pole to continue his pole dance.
“I want everyone who believed it was a marketing gimmick to see that,” he said, insisting it was how he meant to end his Montero set. It was not the case. I’d never intentionally rip my pants in public.”