Lil Nas X is taking a much-needed break after a whirlwind year that saw him rise to the top of the pop culture spectrum in a very short amount of time.
it’s been a wild last 7 months and im ready to take a little time off. sorry to everyone attending twitchcon or the sandbox music festival, i will not be there. i love u guys and will make it up to you some way. 😎❤️
— nope (@LilNasX) September 27, 2019
The 20-year-old announced on Twitter on Friday, September 27, that he’s canceling two big performances to enjoy a little R&R. “It’s been a wild last 7 months and I’m ready to take a little time off,” he tweeted. “Sorry to everyone attending Twitchcon or the Sandbox Music Festival, i will not be there. i love u guys and will make it up to you some way.”
Twitchcon, which revolves around the world of video game streaming and streaming on demand, took place this weekend in San Diego, California. The Sandbox Music Festival, a family friendly event in Mesa, Arizona, kicks off this afternoon.
Not everyone was happy with him announcing this. An artist by the name of Taylor Rene, who was scheduled to be an opening act for the Georgia native at the Sandbox Music Festival, slammed him on Twitter for canceling, writing “And to be so flippant and casual about it, is terrible. I was opening for you as well, and am one of many who now has to sustain the embarrassment and let down to all of the people that I got involved. Shame on you.”
And to be so flippant and casual about it, is terrible. I was opening for you as well, and am one of many who now has to sustain the embarrassment and let down to all of the people that I got involved. Shame on you.
— TaylorSlayRene (@slay_rene) September 28, 2019
Other fans understood why he did this and shared their support for him in response to his admission. “You really deserve this time off bro,” one tweeted. “Dropping this fire music does take energy.”
The openly gay performer has been the name on everyone’s lips after his breakthrough single “Old Town Road” catapulted him into superstardom.
His song (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) now holds the record as the longest-running number one single in Billboard Hot 100 history with 19 weeks in the pole position. He beat the record previously held by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men‘s “One Sweet Day” and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee‘s “Despacito” at 16 weeks apiece.
His follow up single “Panini” just skyrocketed to number five on the charts. The futuristic music video, featuring actress Skai Jackson, has amassed 92 million views so far in only three weeks.