Lil Uzi Vert has finally revealed the reasoning behind implanting a $24million diamond in their forehead — and it had something to do with one of the rapper’s favorite cartoon characters.
In a new interview with fashion magazine 032c, released on Tuesday (May 30), Uzi credited Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe for motivating them to get the piercing.
The Eternal Atake rapper noted how enthralled they were with the show’s lead character, Steven, who has a gemstone for a belly button. However, the rapper noted they weren’t interested in getting a belly button piercing so instead opted for their forehead.
“I used to watch this show called Steven Universe, and one of the characters in the show had a pink diamond in his belly button. I didn’t have my belly button pierced, so I decided to put it on my forehead,” they said. “That’s my favorite cartoon — it’s really that simple.”
Uzi introduced the piercing in February 2021, but their fans didn’t seem too excited about it. As photos of Uzi began circulating online, the conversation eventually shifted to questions about whether the piercing was centered correctly.
In another segment of the interview, Uzi opened up about their decision to change their pronouns to they/them. Prior to making their public declaration, Uzi claimed they spent time learning about gender identities before making the move.
Uzi also dismissed the notion that they’re “brave” for announcing the switch, which was quietly done on Instagram last summer.
“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.
Uzi continued: “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.”
While Uzi’s recent interview gave fans a glimpse into their life, the magazine’s cover — which features the rapper with blood dripping down their face — was criticized for its alleged “satanic” theme.