Ne-Yo 'apologizes' after speaking out against child sex changes

"When did it become a good idea to let a five-year-old, let a six-year-old, let a 12-year-old make a life-changing decision for themselves?"

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Update: On Monday evening, Ne-Yo released a video statement to his Instagram, in which the singer said "I need y’all to hear this from the horse’s mouth, not the publicist’s computer."

"First and foremost, I do not apologize for having an opinion on this matter. I am a 43-year-old heterosexual man raising five boys and two girls. That’s my reality. Now, if my opinion offended somebody? Yeah, sure, I apologize for you being offended because that wasn’t my intention. However, I’m entitled to feel how I feel."



Singer Ne-Yo received widespread praise on Twitter after a clip of him recently went viral explaining that parents could not change their child's gender. After backlash from the left, he immediately apologized in step with other public figures who have done the same.  



The popular singer appeared in an interview with Gloria Velez on Vlad TV, giving his thoughts on children changing their gender at a young age.  



"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? He's five," Ne-Yo said.  

"When did it become a good idea to let a five-year-old, let a six-year-old, let a 12-year-old make a life-changing decision for themselves?" he continued.  

The singer faced backlash on Twitter, with many calling him "transphobic" for standing up against gender ideology. One Twitter user commented "Ne-Yo came out as transphobic and misogynistic, you mean. We figured," referencing a news story about the rapper.  



Another decided to boycott his music on Spotify.  



On Sunday evening, Ne-Yo posted a statement, apologizing for the 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 rapper stated.  



"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," Ne-Yo concluded.  

Political commentator Ian Miles Cheong, who originally praised Ne-Yo, said, "That didn't take long. He apologized following a pressure campaign from trans activists,"  



The popular conservative account, Libs of TikTok, wrote, Singer Ne-Yo has officially apologized just 1 day after footage of him speaking out against medically transitioning kids went viral."  



"The woke mob came for him and he buckled under the pressure. Massive L. Never be afraid to speak the truth and stand up for your beliefs," Libs of TikTok concluded.  

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