Drake has had a change of heart. After blasting Rolling Stone for giving away his cover to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, the remorseful rapper has issued an apology for his controversial comments. In an open letter on his blog entitled “Tough Day at the Office,” he reflected on his “extremely emotional day.”
“I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman,” wrote Drake.
On Thursday, he slammed the magazine for running his critical comments about Kanye West’s Yeezus and for replacing him on the cover with Hoffman after the Oscar winner suddenly died last week.
“They also took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue,” he tweeted. “I’m disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil.”
After taking some time to mull it over, he realized that he was wrong and saluted the legacy of Hoffman, who he called “one of the most incredible actors of our time.”
“I apologize to anybody who took my initial comments out of context because in no way would I ever want to offend the Hoffman family or see myself as bigger than that moment,” said Drake.
His anger stemmed from being unable to salvage his story and decide whether he wanted to be in the issue or not. “I would have waited until it was my time because I understand the magnitude of the cover they chose but I just wasn’t given that option and that made me feel violated,” he explained.
In closing, he said that he respects Rolling Stone‘s decision and thanked them for the cover opportunity.
Read his heartfelt apology below.
With today being the 5th anniversary of So Far Gone I figured it’s fitting to return to it’s place of its origin in order to clear the air about an extremely emotional day. I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication. My frustration stemmed from the way it was executed. The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable (on the magazines behalf), but I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating. They ran the issue without giving me a choice to be in it or not. I would have waited until it was my time because I understand the magnitude of the cover they chose but I just wasn’t given that option and that made me feel violated. I apologize to anybody who took my initial comments out of context because in no way would I ever want to offend the Hoffman family or see myself as bigger than that moment. I am still the same person. Today I was forced out of my character and felt the need to react swiftly. These days are the worst ones. Waking up after a great night in the studio and it’s your day to be picked apart. After dwelling on it for a few hours or days you will come to the conclusion that you brought it on yourself almost every time. So here I am having that moment. I once again apologize to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way. I respect Rolling Stone for being willing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover. I guess this is a day to learn and grow.