Nicholas Diego Leanos (born September 6, 1996), better known as Lil Xan or simply Diego, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Redlands, California. He is best known for his song "Betrayed", which was certified platinum by the RIAA and peaked at number 64 on the Billboard Hot 100. On April 6, 2018, Leanos released his debut studio album, Total Xanarchy. His stage name is derived from the name of the prescription drug Xanax.
Leanos was born on September 6, 1996, in Redlands, California to Mexican parents. Growing up, Leanos was poor and lived in motels most of his childhood.
He attended Redlands East Valley High School, but dropped out of high school in his freshman year, and spent several years at home unemployed. Leanos took a job as a street cleaner and sold drugs before he began rapping. Leanos later pursued a photography career in support of several friends who were rappers. He eventually had his camera stolen, and chose to begin rapping in lieu of investing in a new camera.
Leanos began to gain recognition through platforms such as SoundCloud and YouTube. His popularity grew after the release of the music video for his song "Betrayed" in August 2017. The song peaked at no. 64 on the Billboard Hot 100. In an interview with XXL, Leanos announced his debut album Total Xanarchy. The album includes collaborations with artists such as Diplo and Swae Lee. In December 2017, Leanos announced his Total Xanarchy tour, which sold out in five hours according to Billboard.
In 2018, Leanos announced that he would change his stage name to "Diego" in order to support his anti-drug message, though he later said in an interview he was not sure if he would change his name.
Leanos released his debut studio album, Total Xanarchy on April 6, 2018. The album debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200. The following month in May 2018, Leanos announced the mixtape Heartbreak Soldiers which was released on July 8, 2018. In September 2018, Leanos announced that his next album would be titled Be Safe as a tribute to Mac Miller, as these were the last words he said to Leanos before his death.
Leanos started dating singer and actress Noah Cyrus on June 30, 2018. The couple released the collaboration "Live or Die" in August 2018. They broke up in September 2018 after Cyrus jokingly sent a photo of singer, Charlie Puth, photoshopped on a naked porn star's body to Leanos, prompting him to accuse her of being unfaithful. Leanos initially asserted that the relationship was forced by the couple's record label, Columbia. However, weeks later he appeared to walk back this claim in an interview on Open Late with Peter Rosenberg, stating "Honest to God, I would say like most of the reason the breakup happened was because of me.
It was my fault. We could have still been together, but I just feel like I fucked everything up. It also put me in a darker place because I was getting slammed left and right." He went on to say that he had "nothing but love for the Cyrus family."
Leanos was formerly addicted to Xanax, along with opiates and other benzodiazepines, but he was able to quit the drug after two years of addiction. Leanos currently speaks out against Xanax abuse and urges people to stop using the drug altogether. On September 28, 2018, Leanos was hospitalized and was treated for stomach pain after "eating too many Flamin' Hot Cheetos". According to a CNN report, Frito-Lay said that Flamin' Hot Cheetos meet all food safety regulations.
In February 2019, Leanos announced that he and fiancée Annie Smith were expecting a child. On April 6, Smith revealed that she had a miscarriage. She shared the news via a video and photographs on Instagram.
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|Total Xanarchy||6 (RMNZ New Zealand Heatseeker Albums)
10 (US Billboard 200)