Country singer Morgan Wallen asked his fans not to defend him because he was “wrong” and is now taking “ownership” of the problems stemming from a neighbor’s racial slander.
Wallen took to Instagram and made a five-minute video about what happened the night he was recorded saying goodbye to friends and using the N word. The fallout from this incident led to him being suspended by his record company, pulled from the radio, and shot down by many actors and institutions. In the country music genre.
Since then, the 27-year-old has been silent, but today he is back to give his side of the story.
He said, “The video I saw was of mine at Bandar, which is not something I’m proud of either.” “Obviously the natural thing to do is apologize more and keep apologizing because you were arrested, and that’s not what you wanted to do.”
Wallen lamented the people he had let down over his behavior, and said he apologized to them. He has also reached out and participated in “some very real and sincere conversations” with leaders of various black organizations. Although not specified, Wallen said they offered him a chance to “learn and grow”.
Wallen said he learned that “a word can really hurt someone.”
He added, “This week I heard firsthand some personal stories from black people that honestly shocked me.” “I know that what I went through this week does not even compare to some of the experiences that I have had of them. I emerged from those discussions with a deep appreciation for them and with 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.” “There is no reason to underestimate what I did. This is important and please know that I am choosing carefully my next steps in reform.”
Wallen said he would be off the grid for a while, revealing that he had been awake for nine days.
“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 get over all the mistakes I made, but I will definitely try.”