Country music star Morgan Wallen He speaks candidly as he continues to grapple with repercussions in his career after he was filmed in a video that uses racist slurs.
Last week, a video was leaked showing Yen using the n-word and has since faced a backlash from the country music industry. It was Ineligible for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards It was his music Pulled from iHeartRadio Stations while also suspended By his own record company.
Wallen, 27 years old I have previously apologized for using the insultsBut he’s been quiet ever since, and until recently Dropped by talent agency WME.
And on Wednesday evening, the singer took to Instagram to participate Video of apology.
“I was too late to make a statement about my recent incident,” he said, adding that he took the time to gather his thoughts and “asked for some real guidance.”
“The video I saw was mine at Bender at 72 o’clock, and that’s not something I’m proud of either,” he admitted. “Obviously the natural thing to do is apologize more and keep apologizing because you got arrested, and that’s not what you wanted to do.”
The Tennessee continued, “I have let down a lot of people who mean a lot to me, and who have given me so much, that’s not fair. My parents have let us down and they are far from the person in this video. I failed my son and I’m not okay with that.”
Wallen said he took the time to apologize to people in his life who he knew were personally hurt and participated in “some real and honest conversations” with leaders of various black organizations.
He noted that he was “nervous” to engage in such conversations because he felt “they had every right to stand on my neck while I was sitting,” but instead, they offered me a blessing and also paired that with an offer to learn and grow. “
Wallen said the kindness shown by those who would like to deal with him inspired him to “dig deeper” and helped him learn that “a word can really hurt someone.”
He added, “This week I heard firsthand some personal stories from black people that honestly shocked me.” “And I know that what I went through this week is not even comparable to some of the experiences that I’m talking about from them. I came out of those discussions with a deep appreciation for them and a clearer understanding of the weight of my words.”
“Our actions matter. Our words matter. I just want to encourage anyone watching to learn from my mistake,” the singer urged. “There is no reason to underestimate what I did. It is important and please know that I am choosing carefully my next steps in the reform.”
On a “more positive note,” Wallen said he has now been sober for nine days since the video was taken. He admitted that nine days isn’t terribly long, but it’s long enough for you to realize that he didn’t want to be a clone of himself in the video.
The star said, “The majority [his] Mistakes are made when he is not sober.
“I decided to leave the network for a while and get used to making good decisions,” he declared. “I want my team, my family, my friends and even strangers to trust me. Hell, I want to trust me. Who knows if I will be able to overcome all the mistakes I made, but I’m definitely going to try.”
Wallen then asked his fans not to defend him because he “was wrong” and now “has” the problem.