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Morgan Wallen admitted that a leaked video of him saying the N-word earlier this year was not the first time he used the racial slur.
“I wouldn’t say [I’ve used it] frequently. No, no, not frequently. It was just around this certain group of friends,” the country singer, 28, told Michael Strahan on “Good Morning America” Friday in his first interview since the scandal.
Wallen faced immense backlash on social media in February after TMZ published a video of him drunkenly telling a friend to “take care of this p–y-ass n—a” when they returned home from a night out in Nashville.
The “Whiskey Glasses” singer’s record label, Big Loud, swiftly responded by indefinitely suspending him, and several radio stations stopped playing his music.
“My manager called me probably two hours before the video came out,” Wallen recalled Friday. “He was, like, ‘Are you sitting down?’ And no one’s ever called me and said that before.”
The CMA Award winner acknowledged to Strahan, 49, that he was “clearly drunk” in the video, which he said led to him saying “dumb stuff” on “hour 72 of a 72-hour bender” with his friends.
“In our minds, it’s playful, you know?” he said. “I don’t know if that sounds ignorant, but that’s really where it came from. It’s wrong. … I didn’t mean it in any derogatory manner at all.”
In the midst of the scandal, Wallen checked into a rehab facility for 30 days.
“I spent some time out in San Diego, California, you know, just trying to figure it out,” he told Strahan. “Why am I acting this way? Do I have an alcohol problem? Do I have a deeper issue?”
The former “Voice” contestant said he also donated “around $500,000” to organizations including the Black Music Action Coalition.
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