Lil Nas X’s trousers split during Saturday Night Live

Lil Nas X suffered a wardrobe malfunction while performing on Saturday Night Live.

The incident happened during a performance of his controversial song Montero (Call Me By Your Name). During the end of the track the singer, who was dressed in an all-leather outfit featuring a flame design, began dancing on a pole, recreating a scene from the video. As he squatted down the seam of his trousers split. After giving the audience an embarrassed look, he continued the song.

On Twitter the mortified singer wrote: “not my pants ripped on live tv. I wanted to do my pole routine so bad this (is) what I get lmaoo.”

The second song Lil Nas X performed during the show’s season finale, new single Sun Goes Down, passed without incident. He sang the song in a white suit into a bedazzled mic.

The pant splitting incident marked a further controversy which has swirled around the song. The video for the track which included a scene where Lil Nas X lap danced on a figure representing the devil outraged conservative critics in the US. Candace Owens claimed he was “destroying our youth.”

In March, to tie in with the release of Montero (Call Me By Your Name), the singer produced 666 pairs of ‘satan shoes’ made with modified Nike Air Max 97s and featuring one drop of human blood. Nike filed a lawsuit stating that it infringed on and diluted its trademark.

Before they could be shipped out to customers, a judge blocked the shoe’s manufacturer MSCHF from sending out the trainers, which retailed at $1,018. All pairs of shoes sold out within a minute of going on sale.