Lil Uzi Vert is catching fans up to speed on their pronouns change. In a new interview with 032c Magazine, the Philadelphia-born rapper, legal name Symere Woods, explained the reason for the transition, and detailed their understanding of gender identities before they made the announcement last year.
“No, I never hesitated,” they said. “But I did take my time to learn as much as I could about this before I was able to proceed. Taking the time to figure out who you are is a big part of what it means to be alive. Once you figure out whether you’re here with it, there with it, or both, you’re not alone anymore.”
They added, “This community offers access to a certain kind of support that you might not have had [previously during] your entire life because you weren’t raised that way. I come from a household where it’s not okay to be ‘non’ anything.”
Woods also denied the notion that they were ‘brave’ for changing their pronouns.
“No, because bravery has only a ten percent chance of living,” they said. “I’m not brave at all. I just think a good product [is] a good product. Think about fashion: gay and trans designers are some of the biggest talents out there, and gangster-ass guys wear their stuff without a thought. What you make is what matters, not how you identify.”
The artist is currently in a relationship with City Girls member JT, and was last in the spotlight performing with rock band Paramore at their Madison Square Garden concert in New York on Wednesday night (May 31). A longtime fan of the Tennessee group, Woods rocked out to their 2007 song “Misery Business.”
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