Morgan Wallen has apologized for using a racial slur, which he admitted was hurled during a 72-hour bender. The country star's career came toppling down after video footage emerged of him passing the offensive slur during a night out in Nashville. In an apology posted to Instagram Wednesday, Wallen said he has now been sober for over a week and is hoping to turn his life around.
"The video you saw was me on hour 72 of a bender, and that's not something I'm proud of either," he admitted. "Obviously, the natural thing to do is to apologize further and continue to apologize because you got caught, and that's not what I wanted to do."
Wallen explained that he had met with leaders from various Black organizations to engage in "some very real and honest conversations." He admitted to being "nervous" to hold such conversations because of his past behavior.
"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," he continued. "That kindness really inspired me to dig deeper on how to do something about this."
Wallen added that there was "no reason to downplay" his behavior, adding that he was "carefully choosing" his "next steps in repair."
The music icon made headlines last week after TMZ released footage of him yelling profanities and using a racial slur after returning home with his friends from a night out on the town. A neighbor was able to capture the scene on video.
Shortly after the leaked video, Wallen was pulled from radio, suspended by his label, and dropped by his agency. Fans have defended him amid the backlash but Wallen urged them not to.
"I was wrong. It’s on me to take ownership for this and I fully accept any penalties I’m facing," he said. "The time of my return is solely on me and the work I put in."
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