A$AP Rocky he says he hopes to breed”kids open-minded” with his girlfriend, Rihanna. “I hope to raise open-minded children. Not people who discriminate,” said the rapper, 33, in an interview with Dazed published Monday. “And I’m not trying to describe a saint, but realistically, I just want a cool kid with cool parents.”
He explained, “Things like diversity and versatility are important and will be built into the home.” Rocky and Rihanna welcomed their first child, a baby boy, on May 13. The hip-hop star and Fenty Beauty mogul, who started dating in 2020, announced in January that they would be starting a family together.
Although rapper A$AP Rocky sings an inclusive tune today, that hasn’t always been the case. He admitted to being “homophobic” in the past during a 2011 interview with Pitchfork.
What did the rapper think of homosexuality?
“I used to be homophobic, but that’s fucked up. I had to look in the mirror and say, ‘All the designers I wear are gay.’ I hear stories about all these industry motherfuckers being gay, and I don’t know if it’s true or not, but that doesn’t matter,” she said, explaining how she dealt with her bigotry about homosexuality. “He is so immature.”
Speaking to the New York Daily News two years later, Rocky doubled down on his change of heart and criticized other rappers for repeatedly using gay slurs and homophobic language in their music.
“For example, a big problem in hip-hop is gay,” he said. “It’s 2013, and it’s a shame that, to this day, that theme continues to excite people. It’s crazy. And it bothers me that this topic even matters when it comes to hip-hop, because it makes it seem like everyone in hip-hop is narrow-minded or stupid, and that’s not the case.”
A$AP Rocky now advocates for the LGBTQ community
Rapper A$AP Rocky added: “We have people like Jay Z. We have people like Kanye [West]. We have people like me. We are all great examples of people who don’t think like that.” For her part, Rihanna, 34, has quickly established herself as an LGTQIA + ally since her musical debut in 2005.
The Grammy winner continues to advocate for the community today. Most notably, he teamed up with GLAAD last year to launch the first Pride collection for his Savage X Fenty lingerie line. Proceeds benefited GLAAD’s work to accelerate queer acceptance in the media.
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