Morgan Wallen has issued a more than five-minute video apology on his Instagram account, saying that the reason for the delay was that he wanted to issue personal apologies and meet with Black leaders before making more of a statement than he did the night the scandal over his uttering a racial slur broke last week.
Wallen said that when he first was coming up with an apology for TMZ, knowing that the site was about to publish the video of him saying the N-word to his friends, “I wrote many detailed thoughts, and only a portion of those got used, which painted me in an even more careless light.”
Other than that, Wallen doesn’t make excuses for his actions. “The video you saw was me on hour 72 of a 72-hour bender, and that’s not someone I’m proud of,” he says.
One thing he says he didn’t want to do is be hasty with his apology, or go on an apology tour and “continue to apologize further because you got caught—and that’s not what I wanted to do.”
“I let so many people down… I let my parents down, and they’re the furthest thing from the person in that video. I let my son down, and I’m not okay with that.”
He continued, “This week I’ve been waiting to say anything further until I got the chance to apologize to those closest to me that I knew I personally hurt. I also accepted some invitations from some amazing Black organizations and executives and leaders to engage in some very real and honest conversations. I’ll admit to y’all I was pretty nervous to accept those invitations from the very people I hurt and they had every right to step on my neck while I was down, to not show me any grace. But they did the exact opposite; they offered me grace.”
“I’ll be honest with you, that kindness really inspired me to dig deeper.
“One thing I’ve learned already that I’m specifically sorry for is that my words matter, that words can truly hurt a person, and at my core that’s not what I’m okay with.
“This week I heard firsthand some personal stories from Black people that honestly shook me. An I know what I’m going through this week doesn’t even compare to some of the trials I heard about from them. I came away from those discussions with a deep appreciation for them and a clearer understanding of the weight of my words. I wish the circumstances were different for me to learn these things.”
More to come…