Bad Bunny, who just announced a stop at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena on his Most Wanted Tour for April 6, made his relationship with Kendall Jenner Instagram official earlier this month in a Gucci Valigeria ad.
Still, queer fans aren’t about to lose interest in the frequently shirtless performer, born Benito Martínez, who sometimes does things that feel rather queer adjacent. We’re not here to speculate, but make what you will of moves like dressing in drag in his “Yo Perreo Sola” video and kissing a male backup singer on stage. Whatever his intention, at least he’s encouraging men to define masculinity on their own terms.
But that kind of queer energy will land a person in the hot seat, answering some pointed questions from the likes of Vanity Fair, which asked the Latinx superstar to address concerns about “queerbaiting” in a September interview.
“I get an endless number of negative comments and sexist and homophobic ones, without being homosexual, for dressing like that,” he told the outlet. “Maybe the queer person suffers more, but it is not like I put on a skirt and go out and they say ‘Look, how cool.’ They’re going to attack me with all their force anyway.”
Here’s to hoping that “maybe” was not as dismissive as it might read, but in the meantime, Bad Bunny plans to keep on wearing what he wants, including androgynous and femme styles.
“You don’t know the reasons why a person is wearing that,” he told Vanity Fair. “You weren’t in his mind when he decided to put on a skirt or a blouse. You don’t know what’s inside him, what’s in his heart… You do it because you want to, and it makes you feel good, and it makes you feel happy,” he said.
In addition to just being an all-around Hot Guy with Queer Vibes, the rapper-singer has amassed a vocally supportive queer following thanks to his now-private thirst-trap-happy Instagram feed and his outspoken LGBTQ+ allyship. Before he took the account private in June, Bad Bunny had often used his enormous platform, which includes a mighty 47 million Instagram followers, to champion equality, and he’s been outspoken in public, as well. During a 2020 appearance on “The Tonight Show,” he paid tribute to the memory of Alexa Negrón Luciano, a transgender woman who was murdered in the performer’s native Puerto Rico in 2020 and then shamed by the media.
And just a month ago, Bad Bunny locked lips on screen with Gael García Bernal in the Prime Video movie “Cassandro,” which tells the story of Saúl Armendáriz, a gay wrestler known as "The Liberace of Lucha Libre." Bad Bunny himself has been a WWE star since 2021.
Special guests on the upcoming tour include trailblazing Latinx artists Cardi B and the "Queen of Reggaetón" Ivy Queen. Register for tickets through Sunday, Oct. 22 at mostwantedtour.com.