Nicholas Diego Leanos is a Mexican-American rapper, singer & songwriter from Redlands, California. He is better known as Lil Xan or simply Diego.
EARLY LIFE: LIL XAN
Nicholas was born in Redlands, California, on September 6, 1996, to Mexican parents. Diego grew up in poverty. He went to Redlands East Valley High School. In his freshman year, Xan dropped out of college. He finally found work as a street cleaner & drug dealer.
Lil got addicted to drugs after using Xanax in 2014; he was hooked on to it. Before starting his rap career, he had to break the habit.
CAREER: LIL XAN
He became known and famous through platforms like SoundCloud & YouTube. After releasing his music video song “Betrayed” in 2017, his popularity grew. His debut studio album “Total Xanarchy” received negative reviews from critics but was a moderate success.
ENDORSEMENTS & SOCIAL MEDIA
Lil Xan has a following of 2.63 million followers on YouTube & 4.9 million followers on Instagram. He has collaborated with brands like Fashion Nova, LVXWA by Dura Dev, and Maceoo Lifestyle. These brands approached him due to his social media presence online.
Lil Xan has mentioned Pharell Williams & N.E.R.D as his influences in hip hop, Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant & Queen of the Stone Age. The New Yorker described Xan as part of the “sad rap” movement.
PERSONAL LIFE: LIL XAN
Lil was dating singer & actress Noah Cyrus; they even released a song together, Live or Die, in 2018. They split up in September 2018, accusing one another of being unfaithful. The pair eventually separated. In 2019 Xan announced that he and her fiancee Annie Smith were expecting a child.
Nicholas was hooked to Xanax and other opiates, which he overcame after two years of dependency on these drugs.
Diego was nominated for MTV Music Awards in 2018 and MTV Video Music Award in 2018. He hasn’t won any awards yet.
He bought an apartment in Redlands, California, where he grew up. He owns an orange Lamborghini & white Lamborghini Huracan.
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