Popstar Justin Bieber apologized to fans after receiving backlash for saying he loved Morgan Wallen’s double-album Dangerous.
The “Yummy” singer wrote, “I love this album” on a photo of the record. But he walked that back after fans confronted him in the comments about Wallen’s use of a racial slur.
“Honestly I had no idea he was saying those racist things, I deleted it, I’m sorry :(,” Bieber posted in response to the backlash.
A neighbors security camera caught Wallen calling his friend the N-word earlier this year, TMZ reported. Morgan Wallen apologized for the remark on Good Morning America last month. He told host Michael Strahan that he and his friends used that word but didn’t think of its racist connotations. He admitted that it was “ignorant” but that it didn’t come from a place of hate.
But, he added that he spent the past six months learning about the racial divide in America and knows better now.
Despite the controversy, it hasn’t hurt his record sales or streams of Dangerous. Digital Music News said it’s the best-selling album of 2021 so far. And reviews were mostly positive before the TMZ story broke. Wallen stayed quiet for most of the year. But he returned to the public eye following his July 23 GMA interview.
Wallen even teased releasing some new music. He dropped a portion of a new song called “You Proof” late last month. He also recently dropped an impromptu version of “Sand in my Boots” with Eric Church, HARDY, and Darius Rucker that went viral.
Luke Bryan recently brought him out during a show in Nashville along with Jason Aldean and Tyler Hubbard. This effectively proved the country world is ready to forgive the mulleted Tennessee native.
Morgan Wallen Starts Foundation for Kids, Teens
As part of his redemption tour, Morgan Wallen announced he would start a foundation to help children and teens. It’s called the More Than My Hometown Foundation.
Though the foundation’s goals are a bit vague. On its website, the foundation says it wants to help children achieve a “great life” by “strengthening these four pillars: family, community, guidance, and love.”
The foundation plans to donate educational technology, sports equipment, and musical instruments to low-income schools. And Morgan Wallen said he will perform at children’s and veterans’ hospitals as part of the initiative.
Morgan Wallen said he decided to start the More Than My Hometown Foundation because of his parents.
“Since my parents fostered and now officially adopted my sister Lacey, I’ve witnessed what love and care can do for a child that didn’t have it before. She has transformed into a confident, trusting, and happy kid,” Wallen says on the foundation’s website. “There are many elements that aid in the development and protection of an adolescent’s life, and that is why I created the foundation so a childs’ resources are not limited due to their circumstances.”