Can anyone else remember that time back in January, Lil Nas X made his Saturday Night Live debut by performing his song "Old Town Road", only to split his pants clear down the middle? If not, don't worry. We can assure you it's burned into our brains forever.
While he might have wowed the crowd with an epic musical performance, the ensuing wardrobe malfunction — and the social media frenzy that followed — was nearly as epic. But hey, don't think for a second Lil Nas X was overwhelmed by it all. Quite the opposite: He turned what could have been a negative into quite the memorable moment.
"It's very common," he told us at last night's iHeartRadio Presents The Buried Life With Lil Nas X & Friends Live From Pandora, "but it went viral because of the way I handled it. It was like, 'I'm so sure of myself that I'm not thinking about this right now.'"
And he's got a point. Sure, most can probably admit they can't imagine how they'd respond if their pants split in front of an audience. But for me, I can't imagine Lil Nas X isn't thinking about it when he's got the world watching.
"You gotta switch up real quick," he continued, "and that was like my first time ever doing that move on Saturday Night Live. I was like, 'I'm about to do this move and my pants are gonna split.' But I rehearsed it so much that I was like, 'I know what I'm doing.'"
It's that cool, calm and collected attitude that's helped Lil Nas X amass a following of over 21 million on Instagram and 12 million on Twitter. It's also helped him sell out his first-ever concert in New York City on Tuesday night. And as for those pants? Yeah, they're hanging up on the wall as a trophy of sorts."I have my ripped pants on a cross stitch on my wall," he said with a smile, "so it's like a victory."