Singer Lil Nas X turned down a BuzzFeed plan to team up with Mayor Pete Buttigieg to perform his hit country song “Old Town Road,” according to reports.
BuzzFeed hosted a talent variety show on Thursday night featuring musicians, Internet celebrities, and the stars of Jersey Shore.
The Daily Beast reported that Lil Nas X nixed the idea as he did not want to align with a political candidate in the Democrat primary.
Buttigieg did not appear at the event, but Mayor Bill de Blasio did attend the event and was interviewed by BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.
Buttigieg appears to be a fan of Lil Nas X, praising the singer for coming out as gay in June for Pride Month.
“As a fan, I’m thrilled and inspired to see him standing in his truth as a member of the LGBTQ community,” he wrote. “Welcome to the family!”
.@LilNasX has gone from viral sensation to groundbreaking musician. As a fan, I’m thrilled and inspired to see him standing in his truth as a member of the LGBTQ community. Welcome to the family! #pride https://t.co/H81iXxCII6
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) July 3, 2019