Ne-Yo Apologizes For Asking Why It’s A ‘Good Idea’ To Let Kids Pick Their Gender

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Hip hop artist Ne-Yo expressed his “deepest apologies” Sunday for remarks he made wondering why children are allowed to pick their gender.

The singer made the comments during a Friday appearance on VladTV with Gloria Velez. (RELATED: Ne-Yo Says He’s Willing To Date Fans)

“I just personally come from an era where a man was a man and a woman was a woman,” Ne-Yo said on the show. “And there was two genders, and that’s just how I rocked. You could identify as a goldfish if you feel like, I don’t care — that ain’t my business.”

“It becomes my business when you try to make me play the game with you. I’m not gonna call you a goldfish; but if you wanna be a goldfish, you go be a goldfish.”

Ne-Yo has since posted an apology on social media.

“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,” he said.

“‘I’ve always been an advocate for love and inclusivity in the LGBTQI+ community, so 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.”

VladTV host Gloria Velez had previously vocally supported Ne-Yo, as he initially defended his opinions following the interview’s release.

“Why should I care if my opinion upsets you when you don’t care if yours upsets anyone? Opinions aren’t special. We all have one,” Ne-Yo said in a post that appears to have since been deleted.

“Well said,” Velez commented on Twitter.

Macy Gray, an R&B singer, also backtracked on her opinions opposing transgenderism in 2022. Gray said on Piers Morgan’s “Uncensored” that changing one’s body parts “doesn’t make you a woman, sorry.” After backlash, Gray said, “Being a woman is a vibe.”