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Morgan Wallen Says He Will Not Tour Following Racial Slur Controversy

Morgan Wallen performing onstage
Morgan Wallen performs for “The 54th Annual CMA Awards” on  November 11, 2020. (Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for CMA)

By    |   Wednesday, 14 April 2021 02:55 PM

Country singer Morgan Wallen is bowing out of any live shows this summer.

The country star's career took a dive this year after video footage emerged of him using a racial slur during a night out in Nashville, and on Tuesday Wallen said he was putting touring on hold to focus on working on himself. 

“I wanted to let you guys know that…[I] feel like I’ve really worked on myself," he wrote in a four-page letter. "I’m proud of the work I’ve put in, and in many ways thankful to have had the time to do it. I will always strive to be better. Not only has this time revealed to me the ways in which I want to improve, but it’s also reminded me that I am still very proud of who I am and the man I am becoming."

Wallen explained that time out of the spotlight had been "very valuable" and "in many ways" felt he needed more of it. 

"Therefore [I] will not be performing tour dates this summer," he continued. "It means I won’t be playing festivals or the Luke Bryan tour dates," he said in reference to a tour he was scheduled to be a part of. "But it’s important to me personally, if you can, still go to these shows — support country music. Country music is back and that’s a beautiful damn thing."

Shortly after the leaked video, Wallen was pulled from radio, suspended by his label, and dropped by his agency. He apologized for using the racial slur, which he said left him feeling "embarrassed."

"I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back," he said in a statement. "There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better."

Wallen later admitted on Instagram that he was on a 72-hour bender when he hurled the slur around.

"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," he said.

"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."

Wallen did not mention when he will return to the stage. He said he was currently "getting back in the swing of things," but assured fans that "you’ll be seeing me sooner than later."

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