AceShowbiz - Ari Lennox has set things straight after she issued an apology to Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King for her old comments on them. Insisting that there's no hidden "agenda" behind her act of extending an olive branch, the singer admitted that she was "wrong."
The 32-year-old jumped in the comments section of The Neighborhood Talk to clarify why she apologized to Oprah and Gayle. "Y'all can take this however you want. But my passion is singing. I am not an actress first nor have I been auditioning for anything. I'm beyond content with what God has blessed me with," she wrote.
The R&B artist continued, "I apologized because I feel I was wrong and I feel like those women didn't deserve that ignorant attach from me. This is not to impress the self righteous idiots, the true misogynist that love degrading black women for their imperfections or flaws."
"We all have a million reasons as to why we become who we become and I don't see the point in being judgmental and evil towards people figuring it out. I'm here with no agenda or motive," she stressed. "I was wrong and I want to be very clear about it. I don't mind being real about it. It is not my intent to impress or please any of you."
Ari earlier took to her Twitter page on Friday, May 26 to express regret for her "wretched" and "ignorant" comments on the two TV personalities. "I sincerely apologize to Oprah and Gayle. Y'all legends didn't deserve that wretched ignorant live," she penned.
"I can be a b***h sometimes. Just putting it out there. Not always proud of those moments but sometimes I am," she admitted in a separate post. "I have been naive, a sheep, a people pleaser battling traumas and codependency. I was one mindlessly snd (sic) unintentionally spreading false information in order to impress people. My lives were a playground on top of a fiery hell. I was simply unaware of the damage I was causing."
The "Pressure" hitmaker divulged, "So while some of those lives represent a sweet and free and even seemingly happier or more confident girl, I was actually lost and insecure. No self awareness and so unhappy. Addicted to entertaining others so I didn't have to face my own reality."
She further explained the reason why she has stopped holding livestreams, "But yea I been off the internet and it's been blissful came back and was like na let me address some s**t real quick. Lives and videos live on forever but ignorance doesn't have to. I do feel I've grown so much since those times."
"I've come to realize if I'm going to be imperfect I rather do it in my reality with family and friends that can hold me accountable and enlighten me on how to be better, kinder, wiser. These aren't kinks that I enjoy ironing out in front of the world to see anymore," she stated, before declaring, "So in conclusion that's why there's no more ig lives from me and prayerfully won't be. They're too addicting (for me) and I just don't enjoy tap dancing at the expense of my mental health."
In her original comments during her 2020 Instagram Live, Ari took issue with Gayle's line of questioning during an interview with basketball player Lisa Leslie regarding the legacy of her late friend and fellow professional athlete Kobe Bryant. "F**k Gayle and f**k Oprah," the singer yelled in the video. "Y'all are some self-hating pieces of s**t f**k a**es. If I've never seen a coon more f**king coonier than goddamn Kale and Okra. I'm over y'all."
She went on ranting, "I don't give a f**k how rich y'all are, how much you f**king accomplish. Y'all are tearing down the legacies of so many phenomenal beautiful black men and I don't f**king have time for it."