The 20-year-old actor and musician made the announcement while performing at Tyler’s sixth annual Camp Flog Gnaw festival in Los Angeles on Sunday — though a source tells PEOPLE that Smith was just “trolling.”
“I just want to say Tyler, the Creator is the best friend in the world, and I love him so f—ing much,” Smith said on stage, as captured on video by fans. “And I want to tell you guys something. Tyler doesn’t want to say, but Tyler’s my mother f—ing boyfriend and he’s been my mother f—ing boyfriend my whole f—ing life. Tyler the Creator is my f—ing boyfriend. It’s true!”
Tyler was stood in the audience wearing a face mask but could be seen shaking his head ‘no’ as he laughed. Jaden, in the hours after he performed, tweeted: ‘Yup @tylerthecreator I Told Everyone You Can’t Deny It Now,’ He later deleted the tweet, but not before Tyler responded to it with the comment, ‘hahaha you a crazy n**** man’.
Tyler has been heavily criticized himself for his use of homophobic slurs in his music, but lyrics on his 2017 album Flower Boy suggested that he was coming out. In I Ain’t Got Time, he raps: ‘Next line will have ’em like, “Whoa” / I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004.’
Referring to Leonardo DiCaprio in a 2015 Rolling Stone interview he said he ‘100% would go gay for ’96 Leo’, and he once posted a picture of the actor from the film Romeo + Juliet with the words ‘yes boyfriend yes’.
In the same year, he tweeted: ‘I TRIED TO COME OUT THE DAMN CLOSET LIKE FOUR DAYS AGO AND NO ONE CARED HAHAHHAHAHA
Fans have gone wild in response to the videos of Smith’s proclamation at the concert over the weekend, with one user writing on Twitter, “Jaden Smith just came out of the closet and omggdhbsfhsnnal.”
Another user said that he won’t believe Smith until he talks about it with his family on his mother’s revealing Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk.
One user even joked about how Smith’s father might react to the news that he’s dating Tyler.