Yai Ariza is 24 years old dancer from Colombia, now he’s gracing the media headlines after sharing an iconic on-stage performance with Lil Nas X, in May 2021 Yai licked Lil Nas X’s neck during a performance of “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” on “Saturday Night Live,” not many can say they’ve licked Lil Nas X besides Ariza. On May 24th Ariza took to Instagram and shared a video and captioned “This moment right here Yes, It’s me licking @lilnasx Neck.” Furthermore, Lil Nas and Yai Ariza became the first male entertainers to share a kiss on the lips onstage at the 2021 BET Awards, and afterward, Ariza wrote on Instagram “Thank you so much @lilnasx & @itsbankhead for make me part of this historic and iconic moment for our community!.” In early 2021, Lil Nas X confirmed that he’s in a relationship but didn’t reveal his name but now it’s confirmed that Lil Nas X is in a relationship with Yai Ariza.
In 2019 pride, Lil Nas X came out as gay and in an interview, he said “I was afraid because I knew the world was watching,” and added, “and all I ever saw for boys like me was judgment and ridicule, but it was because the world was watching, that I knew I had to stand in my truth.” In July, Lil Nas X took to his IG stories and posted “I set up a romantic date for my boyfriend because he’s returning to the country today. How did I do guys?.” Later, in an interview with Attitude Yai Ariza spoke about Lil Nas X “He’s really funny. He’s really social. One day in rehearsals, we went out to eat and he came to hang out. He’s a really amazing person,” and then he shared his experience working the singer “It really inspired me — him being a young, Black, gay man. It made me realize I’m going the right way and doing it how I am and being myself.” Later, Yai Ariza to the same publication he said “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,” and then continued “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.” When asked about his experience working with the singer he said “He’s really funny. He’s really social. One day in rehearsals, we went out to eat and he came to hang out. He’s a really amazing person.”
24 years old
5 feet 7 inches tall
$200k to $500K USD
Yai Ariza is Lil Nas X’s backup dancer and now lives in Los Angeles, California, and was raised in Colombia. According to the UN report published in Feb 2021, there had been 388 cases of violence against LGBTQ people in Colombia in 2020, and 76 people have been killed and in the year 2019, there were 309 cases of violence against LGBTQ people. On Instagram, he identifies as “He/Him,” and his bio reads “Born and raised in Colombia.” Yai shot to fame in June 2021 after he kissed Lil Nas X during the BET Awards and recently Ariza thanked Lil Nas X and his agent for giving him this opportunity to feature in the music video and he wrote “THIS ONE IS FOR THE CHAMPIONS I feel soooooo Grateful and Happy by the opportunities that life have been giving me ! Thank you so much @itsbankhead @lilnasx for make me part of INDUSTRY BABY !! WE DID THAT Also…. It feels so nice to work with dancers like you guys! Thank you for that beautiful ENERGIA.”
Yai Ariza was born in 1997 and raised in Colombia, which means he is 24 years old. However, there is very little information about his mother, father, and siblings.
The estimated Net Worth of Yai Ariza is between $200k to $500k USD.
(Image Source: Yai Ariza Instagram)
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