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Drake Apologizes to Rolling Stone

Sam Elliott once eloquently said that sometimes you eat the bear, and well, sometimes the bear eats you. The latter happened to Drake yesterday, and now he’s apologizing for the comments that brought the bear on.

In a series of tweets, Drake ranted about magazines in general and Rolling Stone’s decision to put Philip Seymour Hoffman on the cover instead of him. It was a little ridiculous, but no big deal. Still, some called him out for being so upset. Now, in a post on his website, Drake has issued an apology. Drake wrote that his frustration was due to “the way it [the decision on the cover] was executed.”

“They ran the issue without giving me a choice to be in it or not,” explained the 27-year-old rapper. “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.”

Drake also signed his statement “The Boy,” which is a very Drake thing to do. You can see Drake’s full note 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.

Sincerely,
The Boy

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