Tyler, the Creator has hinted at the fact that he may have come out as gay or bisexual on his new album Scum F**k Flower Boy. The album leaked over the weekend, and fans have been quick to point out Tyler’s lyrics on the song “I Ain’t Got Time!” In one of his verses, he raps “Next line will have them like ‘woah’ / I been kissing white boys since 2004.”
Tyler is known for his exaggerated personality, often times saying things for shock value, but many believe this admission to be a truthful one. If it is fact true, is Tyler dating anyone? Does he have a boyfriend or a girlfriend?
The “Yonkers” rapper, 26, has been linked to a few different women over the years. According to OFWGKTA’s Reddit, he reportedly dated model Milan Bertone for a brief time in 2011, and she even appeared in the music video for the single “She.” In 2016, Tyler was rumored to be in a relationship with Kendall Jenner, as he joked with her during a concert at Coachella and the two were later seen going on a date at the Cheesecake Factory.
Both parties quickly shot the rumors down, however. “Apparently we’re dating,” she tweeted, tagging the rapper. He replied, “NOT POSSIBLE, WE’RE BOTH GAY.” Check out the original tweet below.
The tweet now takes on a different connotation with the recent evidence that Tyler has given on the new album. Another set of lyrics that have turned heads are on the song “Garden Shed,” where Tyler discusses having to hide his feelings of love in the past: “That was real love I was in, ain’t no reason to pretend / All my friends was lost / They couldn’t read the sings / I didn’t wanna talk / I tell ’em my location and they ain’t want to walk.”
Tyler has a complicated history with homosexuality in the media, having been chastised for promoting homophobia in his music (he used the word fa***t 213 times on his debut album). Conversely, he has also been vocal in his support of the LGBTQ community, wearing Gay Pride shirts during his concerts and supporting close friend Frank Ocean when he came out as bisexual in 2012.
While there’s been confirmation on who Tyler is referring to in his new lyrics, fans speculating about the identity of the purported lover on sites like Genius and KanyeToThe have identified someone named Wyatt as the most likely candidate.
On the interlude “Sometimes…” a radio DJ asks for any requests, and a mystery man asks for “the one about me.” Tyler then launches into the love song “See You Again,” which he says is dedicated to someone with “rose to the cheeks” and “dirt-colored eyes.” Many are claiming that Wyatt is the mystery man who makes the request.
In addition to this interlude, fans have pointed out that the rapper has posted several pictures on social media with Wyatt, including the post of them below with the caption “Wasn’t Planned.”
In December 2016, Tyler posted a handmade card that read “Prom,” with what appears to be drawings of himself and Wyatt. In addition to these posts, users have claimed that Wyatt’s birthday is July 21st, which also happens to be the official release date for Scum F**k Flower Boy. You can read the theory in more detail here.
Until Tyler says otherwise, however, he is officially enjoying his single status.