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Tyler, The Creator Said He Had His First Boyfriend When He Was 15

"If that's not open minded, I don't know what is," he said.

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Rapper Tyler, the Creator's newest record, Flower Boy, alludes to same-sex attraction and relationships.

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On the track "I Ain't Got Time," Tyler says "Next line will have 'em like ‘whoa’, I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004."

Many critics believe that the Flower Boy track "Garden Shed" is an allusion to concealing his true sexual identity.
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Many critics believe that the Flower Boy track "Garden Shed" is an allusion to concealing his true sexual identity.

Now, in a new interview with Know Wave's Koopz Tunes radio show, Tyler admits he had his first gay relationship as a teenager.

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The Odd Future rapper told the radio show "I had a boyfriend when I was fifteen in fucking Hawthorne. If that's not open minded, I don't know what is."

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In the past, Tyler had taken heat for using homophobic slurs.

In 2011, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), blasted Tyler and Odd Future for their homophobic lyrics. "Tyler and Odd Future are padding their lyrics with anti-gay slurs and dangerous, violent rhetoric," wrote Matt Kane, GLAAD's Associate Director of Entertainment Media. "But there is nothing ironically clever about hate speech, particularly when a significant part of those listening are adolescents seeking to emulate their favorite artists. It’s simply irresponsible and destructive."
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In 2011, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), blasted Tyler and Odd Future for their homophobic lyrics.

"Tyler and Odd Future are padding their lyrics with anti-gay slurs and dangerous, violent rhetoric," wrote Matt Kane, GLAAD's Associate Director of Entertainment Media. "But there is nothing ironically clever about hate speech, particularly when a significant part of those listening are adolescents seeking to emulate their favorite artists. It’s simply irresponsible and destructive."

In response, Tyler told MTV News that his gay fans were OK with his language.

"Well I have gay fans and they don’t really take it offensive, so I don’t know. If it offends you, it offends you," he said.
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"Well I have gay fans and they don’t really take it offensive, so I don’t know. If it offends you, it offends you," he said.

You can listen to this whole interview here:

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