A swirl of social media users, fans, prominent artists and festival organizers, to name a few, haven’t been letting up on DaBaby following his controversial comments at Rolling Loud and after. In the last week, the rapper has stood his ground, apologized, responded directly to criticisms from Quest Love and released a music video to “Giving What It’s Supposed To Give.” Shortly after two festival set cancellations on Monday, DaBaby issued a second, formal apology for his “hurtful and triggering comments” about the LGBTQ+ community and “misinformed comments” about HIV/AIDS.
“I want to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made,” DaBaby reportedly wrote. “Again, I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I know education on this is important. Love to all. God bless.”
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DaBaby released the statement via his official Instagram page on Monday. No caption was published with the post and the comments were turned off. By evening, the post had received over 371,000 likes. He began his apology saying “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.” He did thank people who came “with kindness” and reached out privately to educate him.
“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.”
The rapper kicked off his Monday with news that he’d no longer be performing at the Governor’s Ball in New York City in September. Only a few hours later, another festival called Day N Vegas announced the rapper would no longer be a part of their November line-up. Instead, Roddy Ricch was tapped to join the festival in DaBaby’s place.
This marks the fourth festival DaBaby has been released from including last weekend’s Lollapalooza, the aforementioned Governor’s Ball and Day N Vegas as well as Manchester’s Parklife Festival. As previously reported, boohooMAN also announced they’d no longer be working with the artist only a month after releasing an exclusive fashion line together.
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