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Ne-Yo Defends His Opinion, Clarifies Apology After Declaring Opposition to Children Undergoing Medical Gender Transition

'I Need Y'all To Hear This From The Horse's Mouth, Not The Publicist's Computer'

Singer and songwriter Shaffer Chimere Smith, who performs under the stage name Ne-Yo, clarified his comments and subsequent apology issued on social media regarding minors seeking medical gender transitions.

Ne-Yo originally declared his opposition to the concept of transgender children during a Saturday interview with VladTV.

“I normally don’t give too much of a damn about what y’all think about what I do [or] what y’all say about what I have to say,” Ne-Yo began in a new video posted to Instagram. “Opinions aren’t special, everybody’s got one.”

He added: “I need y’all to hear this from the horse’s mouth, not the publicist’s computer.”

“I do not apologize for having an opinion on this matter,” the singer declared, adding he was a heterosexual 43-year-old father of five boys and two girls. “That’s my reality.”

Ne-Yo apologized for anyone offended by his comments, saying it was not his intention to offend anyone.

“I’m entitled to feel how I feel … the same way you are entitled to feel how you feel,” he continued. “I was asked a question, and I answered the damn question.”

The singer said he has no “beef” with the LGBTQIA+ community.

“Do whatever the hell it is you wanna do. Do what you wanna do with your kids,” he said. “Somebody asked my opinion the matter and this is how I feel.”

“I will never be okay with allowing a child make a decision that’s detrimental to their life,” Ne-Yo said, adding he planned on “educating” himself further on the matter. “However, I doubt there’s any book anywhere, or any opinion that somebody’s gonna tell me, that’s gonna make me okay with letting a child make a decision like that.”

The performer said if he is cancelled over his comments then “maybe this is a world where they don’t need Ne-Yo no more.”

“I got no problem with that,” he said. “I’m a hustler. I’ll figure it out. I got kids to raise and I’m gonna do that regardless.”

During Saturday’s interview with VladTV, the performer said “parents have almost forgotten what the role of a parent is.”

“It’s like, OK, if your little boy comes to you and says, ‘Daddy, I want to be a girl.’ And you just let him rock with that?” Ne-Yo said. “If you let this 5-year-old boy decide to eat candy all day, he’s going to do that.”

“Like when did it become a good idea to let a 5-year-old, let a 6-year-old, let a 12-year-old make a life-changing decision for themselves? When did that happen? Like, I don’t understand that. I don’t get that.”

He added: “We live in a weird time, man.”

“All right, you want to play with dolls? Fine, play with dolls, but you’re a boy playing with dolls,” he said. “‘I want to wear pink.’ All right, cool, wear pink, but you’re a boy wearing pink.”

On Sunday night, the performer shared a post to X, formerly known as Twitter, expressing apologies for his initial comments during the VladTV interview.

“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 Sunday night social media post stated, adding he has always been supportive of the LGBTQI+ community. “I understand how my comments could’ve been interpreted as insensitive and offensive.”

“Gender identity is nuanced and I can honestly admit that I plan to better educate myself on the topic, so I can approach future conversations with more empathy.”

“At the end of the day, I lead with love and support everyone’s freedom of expression and pursuit of happiness.”

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