Drake Apologizes For Statements Made After Losing Rolling Stone Cover To Phillip S. Hoffman

February 14, 2014  |  

 

We told you yesterday about the fit that Drake had on Twitter after Rolling Stone put the late Academy Award-winning actor, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, on the cover of their latest issue instead of him. By doing this, RS was bumping Drake, who was supposed to initially cover the mag and allegedly only wanted to do the interview if he was going to be on the cover, to a spread inside. While it’s okay to feel a little salty about such a thing, Drake seemed to handle it a bit funky when he publicly said the following on Twitter:

Well, he is now backtracking. He explained in a letter on his blog titled, Tough Day At The Office that his real issue was with not being given a choice to just have his story and shoot saved for a later issue. However, he acknowledges that he overreacted and lauded Hoffman.

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.

Sincerely,

The Boy

Kudos for the heartfelt apology. I understand why he was upset, but in the case of Rolling Stone and the audience they attract, had they not put Hoffman on the cover, it probably would have been an issue for the readership. But what do you think?

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