Since his real name, Montero, is also unique, Fallon asked the musician about its origin, which Lil Nas X said was “slightly embarrassing but not embarrassing.” He said his mom thought up his name in aspiration for her favorite car at the time.
“So my mom wanted the car, the [Mitsubishi] Montero, and she never got one ... So, yeah, I’m named after a car.”
His mom can now likely have multiple Mitsubishi Monteros. The songwriter and lyricist, who came out as gay in 2019, has been known for sharing his humble beginnings and striving to be as authentic as possible on stage and off stage. He said after coming out he could reveal more of his true self, but he told Fallon he realizes that may not be the case for many people. He said he does not advise taking that step unless they are ready for that.
“I don’t want to encourage them to do something they don’t 100% want to do. Especially in, like, middle school or high school because it’s just super hard,” he said. ”It’s easier for me — I’m not depending on anybody. There’s no one who’s going to kick me out of the house, nobody to start treating me (expletive).”
The Georgia native published his children’s book “C is for Country” last week, and he has encouraged his supporters to purchase it. The book made it to No. 8 on the national books list in its first week.