Country music star Morgan Wallen returned to Instagram Wednesday to reveal that he will not be performing at any concerts this summer and will be taking some time away from music.
Where is Morgan Wallen?
Wallen has spent some time away from the spotlight due to a scandal in February. He said in his recent Instagram post that he will continue to work on himself during the time away from music.
- “I wanted to let you guys know that … (I) feel like I’ve really worked on myself. I’m proud of the work I’ve put in, and in many ways thankful to have had the time to do it. I will always strive to be better,” wrote Wallen. “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 and the man I am becoming.”
He said the time away from music has been beneficial to him and, he said, he needs more time away, according to Deadline.
- “Therefore (I) will not be performing tour dates this summer,” he explained. “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.”
Morgan Wallen scandal, explained:
The scandal with Wallen began back in February after TMZ posted a video that showed Wallen returning home from a night out in Nashville, The New York Times reports. The video showed Wallen shouting at someone and yelling a racial slur.
Spotify, Apple and popular radio stations removed his music from the radio, as I explained for the Deseret News. And the 2021 American Country Music Awards banned Wallen from entering music for the award show.
Wallen did apologize for the incident, though, according to The New York Times.
- “I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better.”
Wallen said he would leave social media and head “off the grid” to deal with himself in the wake of the scandal.
- “I’ve decided to go off the grid for a little while and get used to making good decisions,” he said in the statement. “Who knows if I’ll be able to live down all the mistakes I’ve made, but I’m certainly going to try. I’m going to spend some time taking back control of … living healthy and being proud of my actions.”