Country star Morgan Wallen may have enjoyed a sales INCREASE after the public fallout stemming from a leaked video that captured him referring to a friend the ‘N-word’ (click here to read), but the 27-year-old has little to celebrate as the industry backlash has seen him dropped by his own label, management team, radio stations, award shows, TV networks, and more.
Though he issued an apologetic statement just a day after the controversial video first began making its rounds, he’s now returned with another apology – this time in video form and addressing the reparative steps he’s taken that include practicing sobriety, meeting with the NAACP, learning cultural competence and sensitivity, and more.
Look inside to see the visual lifted to his official Instagram handle Wednesday night (February 10).
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“I let so many people down … And I’m not OK with that,” Wallen says in his new video message. “So 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 organizations from some amazing Black organizations, executives, and leaders to engage in some very real and honest conversations … I appreciate those who still see something in me and have defended me, but for today, please don’t. I was wrong. It’s on me to take ownership for this and I fully accept any penalties I am facing.”
Later in the clip he explains:
“…the video you saw was me on hour 72 of 72 on a bender” and that “…since that video was taken, I’ve been sober for nine days. It’s not all that long of a time, but it’s enough to know that the man in that video is not the man that I’m trying to be … Who knows if I’ll be able to live down all the mistakes I’ve made, but I’m certainly going to try. I’m going to spend some time taking back control of my habit, living healthy, and being proud of my actions.”