DaBaby has issued a new statement apologising to the LGBTQ+ community for the homophobic comments he made at Rolling Loud Miami last month.
DabBaby was filmed making offensive statements about HIV/AIDS, gay people, and women onstage at Rolling Loud.
“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two or three weeks, put your cellphone light up,” he said in one widely circulating clip.
The rapper had responded to backlash over his comments—even directing a music video that addressed the controversy—but took to Instagram earlier yesterday (August 2) with a new statement apologising for his offensive remarks.
“Social media moves so fast that people want to demolish you before you even have the opportunity to grow, educate, and learn from your mistakes,” his statement read. “As a man who has had to make his own way from very difficult circumstances, having people I know publicly working against me—knowing that what I needed was education on these topics and guidance—has been challenging. I appreciate the many people who came to me with kindness, who reached out to me privately to offer wisdom, education, and resources. That’s what I needed and it was received.”
“I want to apologise to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made,” he continued. “Again, I apologise for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I knew education on this is important. Love to all. God bless.”
The rapper’s apology came after he was dropped from the lineup of several major festivals, including Lollapalooza and Governors Ball. The former announced DaBaby would be replaced by Young Thug and G Herbo the same day he was due to perform a headlining set. Both festivals stressed their commitment to diversity and inclusion when announcing DaBaby’s removal from their lineups.
“Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love,” the Chicago festival organisers wrote. Governors Ball’s statement read: “[Organisers] Founders Entertainment does not and will not tolerate hate or discrimination of any kind.”
Fellow artists including Dua Lipa, who had DaBaby remix her song “Levitating,” Sir Elton John, Madonna and Roots drummer Questlove condemned DaBaby’s remarks.