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Ne-Yo Issues Apology After Criticizing Parent Of Trans Children

Ne-Yo Issues Apology After Criticizing Parent Of Trans Children

08/07/2023 12:00 AM EDT by WBLS Staff

After an interview with VladTV where Ne-Yo openly criticized parents who allow their children to identify as the gender they choose, he has now released a statement apologizing.

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In the new tweet, the singer asks for forgiveness due to his lack of knowledge on the subject.

“After much reflection, I’d like to express my deepest apologies to anyone that I may have hurt with my comments on parenting and gender identity,” the statement reads. “I’ve always been an advocate for love and inclusivity in the LGBTQI+ community, so I understand how my comments could’ve been interpreted as insensitive and offensive.”

He continued, "Gender identity is nuanced and I can honestly admit that I plan to better educate myself on the topic, so I can approach future conversations with more empathy.”

In the original interview with VladTV's Gloria Velez, Ne-Yo shared his thoughts on gender identity.

“I just personally come from an era where a man was a man and a woman was a woman,” he said in the clip. “And there was two genders, and that’s just how I rocked. You could identify as a goldfish if you feel like, I don’t care. That ain’t my business. It becomes my business when you try to make me play the game with you. I’m not gonna call you a goldfish. But if you wanna be a goldfish, you go be a goldfish. We live in a weird time, man. We do.”

He continued to share some thoughts on parenting in this day and age.

“I feel like parents have almost forgotten what the role of a parent is. If your little boy comes to you and says, ‘Daddy, I want to be a girl.’ And you just let him rock with that? He’s 5 … If you let this 5-year-old boy decide to eat candy all day, he’s gonna do that. When did it become a good idea to let a 5-year-old, let a 6-year-old, let a 12-year-old make a life-changing decision for themself? When did that happen? I don’t understand.”