Morgan Wallen has shared an apology video after he was recently caught yelling a racist slur outside of his home.
Earlier this month, footage of the singer using the N-word after a night out had surfaced online, spurring his labels Big Loud and Republic Records to suspend their recording contracts with the singer indefinitely. Several country stars, including Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton and Jason Isbell, also denounced Wallen’s behavior. In a tweet, Kelsea Ballerini said that Wallen’s actions “[did] not represent country music.”
At the time, Wallen released a brief statement to TMZ promising to “do better.” Now, after a week of laying low, Wallen has accounted for his actions in a new video, which he described as an “update.”
In the five-minute clip, the singer said that he’s taken time off to “get used to making good decisions.” “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 … living healthy and being proud of my actions,” he said.
Wallen added that he was grateful to the Black organizations and leaders who have reached out to him to “engage in some very real and honest conversations.” “They had every right to step on my neck… to not show me any grace, but they did the exact opposite. They offered me grace and also paired that with an offer to learn and grow.”
At the end of the video, Wallen asked his fans not to defend his actions. “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 of this and I fully accept any penalties I’m facing.”
Despite the criticisms against him, Wallen’s most recent LP Dangerous: The Double Album saw a 102 percent increase in sales, continuing his four-week-long reign on the Billboard 200 chart, according to MRC Data. Per Associated Press, Wallen’s 2018 debut album If I Know Me also saw a surge in album sales.
However, Wallen’s music is still blacklisted on several radio stations, TMZ reported. Broadcasters like iHeartRadio, Entercom and Cumulus previously announced that they will no longer play Wallen’s music on their stations.
The Academy of Country Music Awards and the Country Music Association have also announced that Wallen’s music will not be eligible for nomination in their upcoming ceremonies this year.
Watch Wallen’s apology video in full here: