Apologetic: Drake never meant to imply he’s bigger or more important than the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The singer issued an open letter to apologise for his behaviour.
Drake has apologised for railing on Rolling Stone after the magazine bumped him off the cover in favour of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
He took to his website on Friday to issue an open letter “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 Philip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalised by this publication,” Drake wrote.
“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.”
He went on to write that had he be given the choice, he would have waited “until it was my time”.
“I understand the magnitude of the cover they chose but I just wasn’t given that option and that made me feel violated. I apologise 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,” he continued.
The rapper-singer created a Twitter firestorm on Thursday when he admonished the publication in a series of tweets to his more than 14 million Twitter followers (some of which were subsequently deleted).
He vented over remarks on Kanye West that he believed were off the record and was peeved that he lost the cover “last minute” after the mag replaced him with a tribute to Hoffman, who died of an apparent overdose on Feb 2.
Drake went so far as to say that he was “disgusted” by the publication and later added that he’s “done doing interviews for magazines”.
The rapper didn’t further address another issue he has with the magazine – that it used comments he made over West’s polarising Yeezus, saying he was ambivalent about the album and criticising some of the album’s lyrics.
“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,” he went on to write. “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.” – Los Angeles Times/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services