Who is Yai Ariza? Meet Lil Nas X’s rumored boyfriend

Lil Nas X says he has found “the one.” Now the rumor mill is rushing to figure out who the top-charting rapper’s latest boyfriend is. 

While promoting his highly-anticipated studio album featuring the hit singles “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Industry Baby,” Lil Nas X has gotten a little more personal. The 22-year-old discussed his relationship status in Variety’s “2021 Power of Young Hollywood Issue” but he didn’t name names. However, recent events have people convinced Lil Nas X’s secret boyfriend is Yai Ariza

Who is Lil Nas X dating? 

“I’ve found someone special now,” Lil Nas X told Variety. “I think this is the one. I can’t explain it — it’s just a feeling.”

The artist also revealed that he had previously dated other guys, but things didn’t quite work out. 

“I’ve had some good boyfriends and some bad ones,” he told Variety. “A lot of them were emotionally unavailable or had a lot of insecurity and whatnot.”

Internet sleuths have speculated that the rapper is dating his backup dancer. 

Who is Yai Ariza? 

Yainer “Yai” Ariza is a 24-year-old professional backup dancer. He hails from Colombia but is currently living in Los Angeles. He has 79,000 Instagram followers. 

While Ariza has a supportive family back home in Colombia, the country struggles to make advances on LGBTQIA+ rights. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Colombia since 2016, but many members of the LGBTQIA+ community still face violence

“I was really lucky to be around people that understand and support me,” Ariza told Attitude.  

He appeared in two live performances of “Montero (Call Me By Your Name) at the BET Awards and Saturday Night Live. The pair locked lips onstage for both. 

“We did the lick [on SNL] and had to continue it, so, I was the person for the kiss as well. I guess Nas agreed with it,” Ariza told Attitude. “It’s not just about a kiss — it’s the meaning of it, too. Doing it on international TV and being two Black, gay guys. Why not? I’m not losing anything. It was a really nice kiss.”

Ariza also had some very nice things to say about Lil Nas X.

“It really inspired me — him being a young, Black, gay man” he said. “It made me realize I’m going the right way and doing it how I am and being myself.”

While no one knows if Ariza and Lil Nas X are really a couple, the evidence sure has people talking. 

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