LGBTQ+ 14 November 2018 | 17:30

The speculation around Tyler, The Creator and Jaden Smith’s relationship could be damaging

14 November 2018 17:30

Yesterday, Jaden Smith took to the stage in Las Vegas and announced his long-term relationship with OFWGKTA member, Tyler, The Creator. ‘I just wanna say, Tyler, The Creator is the best friend in the world. And I love him so fucking much, and I wanna tell you guys something, I wanna tell you, Tyler doesn’t wanna say, but Tyler is my motherfucking boyfriend,’ he told his audience.

There’s been much speculation about Tyler’s sexuality since he alluded to it on his recent record and, although nothing has actually been confirmed, the ambiguity around his statements translate to reveal someone who either feels uncomfortable about his sexuality, or someone who is basically just fabricating a story about his queerness in order to generate hype. Smith’s recent announcement feels like much of the same, with the two of them making humorous and tongue-in-cheek jokes on Twitter about their apparent relationship status.

Of course, I hope that it’s true and that they’re happy. If this is the case, they should carry on speaking about it publicly – it’s important for the LGBTQ+ community to have these role models, especially within music genre that is so commonly homophobic.

But if this is all one big charade, something to get people talking, it’s not okay. Homosexuality isn’t something you can lie about in order to obtain exposure. It makes queerness seem like a joke which, in a today’s political climate, is ridiculously dangerous. Coming out and being open about your sexuality is an incredibly hard thing to do. People spend their entire lives battling with an internal struggle, contemplating what family and friends might think about their sexuality, and so to lie and joke about it for attention totally belittles the significance of that monumental moment.

Then again, I could be completely wrong. It could all be true and the two of them might be utilising their platform to spread positivity and enlightenment around their sexuality. But still, they just need to appreciate the impact of their words and the affect that they might have on people struggling with their sexuality.