Wednesday, April 14, 2021
– Morgan Wallen, whose career took a major hit when he used the N-word outside his Nashville area home in January, will not tour this summer, he told fans in a social media post on Tuesday.
Wallen also thanked fans for their support in a four-page, handwritten letter he posted on Instagram.
Wallen was on top of the country music world with the release of "Dangerous: The Double Album" only to see it come crashing down after being caught by a neighbor's doorbell video using the N-word about a friend. Wallen later apologized and said he had been drunk. He wrote at length about music in his post.
"I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me during this time," said Wallen. He was suspended by his record label, Big Loud, after the incident. he also stopped touring plans and asked fans not to support his actions. "I have felt a lot of love lately from many individuals I have met & from so many people I haven't gotten to know yet. I know my corner hasn't been the most popular one to stand in recently, but many of you did anyway."
"WHhn I made the music, it was important to me that I wrote songs that were authentic & some of them even let you in on my story. Before the music came out, I was proud of it. I felt fulfilled. As a musician, that is the best feeling in the world. being happy with your music bfore fans even hear it. If you feel that way, then you can live with the reaction, I guess."
Wallen stated his excitement at the album going 10 consecutive weeks at number one for all genres. "It wasn't what I set out to accomplish, but your response has meant so so much to me. I just want you to know how much that means to me, & it always will."
"2020...Man, what a tough year for so many. For me, my tough year carried into 2021. I've made some mistakes, I'm figuring those out, + I apologized because I was truly sorry + have been making amends," he said.
"I wanted to let you guys know that I've taken a couple months away + feel like I've really worked on myself," he said. "I'm proud of the work I've put in + in many ways thankful to have had the time to do it. I needed this time off."
Wallen, who is back in Nashville, was not specific about how he was dealing with his issues.
"I will always strive to be better. Not only has this time revealed to me the ways in which I want to improve, but it's also reminded me that I am still very proud of who I am & the man I am becoming."
Saying he "found this time away to be very valuable to me in many ways, but I feel like a little more of it," Wallen added that he "therefore will not be performing tour dates this summer. It means I won't be playing festivals or the Luke Bryan tour dates. But it's important to me personally, if you can, still go to these shows & support country music. Country music is back, and that's a beautiful thing."
"I am looking forward to giving you guys what you deserve, especially after all you've done for me. My story is far from over & getting back out to see y'all is all I can think about. So just know you'll be seeing me sooner than later."