Ne-Yo is making it clear that he is taking back his apology for his controversial comments on parents of transgender children. In a video shared to Instagram on Monday, the Grammy winner, whose birth name is Shaffer Smith, took back his apology for his criticisms and doubled down on his original comments, making it clear that he will not apologize for “having an opinion on this matter.”
As Blavity previously reported, Smith shared his opinions on parents helping their transgender children get gender-affirming care during his appearance on VladTV on Saturday. He had a lot to say on the topic, noting that he believes parents have “forgotten” what role they play in their children’s lives.
“I just personally come from an era where a man was a man and a woman was a woman,” the 43-year-old told interviewer Gloria Velez, Billboard reported. “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.”
After trying to defend himself on Instagram, Ne-Yo issued an apology for his comments.
“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 singer wrote Sunday on X, formerly known as Twitter. “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.”
Apparently, Ne-Yo doesn’t feel that way anymore. In his latest clip, he explained that while he didn’t intend to hurt anyone, he does believe he is “entitled” to his opinion, Hollywood Life reported.
“I have no beef with the LBGTQIA+ community whatsoever,” he said in the video. “I ain’t got no beef with y’all. Do whatever the hell it is you want to do. Do what you want to do with your kids. However, somebody asked my opinion on this matter, and this is how I feel. I will never be OK with allowing a child to make a decision that detrimental to their life. I will never be okay with that.”
He added that he’s unsure his opinions will change, and if that ruins his career, he’s OK with that.
“I doubt that there’s any book anywhere or any opinion that somebody’s going to tell me that’s going to make me okay with letting a child make a decision like that,” he said in the clip. “If I get canceled for this, maybe this is a world where they don’t need a Ne-Yo no more.”
In the post’s caption, Smith shared how he would handle one of his seven children coming out as transgender or nonbinary.
“If one of my 7 kids were to decide that he or she wanted to be something other than what they were born as, once they’re old enough and mature enough to make that decision…so be it. Not gonna love em’ any less. Daddy is still Daddy and he loves you regardless,” he wrote.