*R&B star Kehlani has accepted the olive branch from ex Kyrie Irving, who issued a heartfelt apology for their messy 2016 split and a public plea for fans to stop harassing her.
The couple dated for several months before breaking up amid rumors that Kehlani had cheated on him with Canadian artist PartyNextDoor.
Kehlani was trolled mercilessly on social media after the claims surfaced, leading the 23-year-old to attempt suicide. She has since moved on emotionally, but it hasn’t stopped some folks from continuing to taunt Kehlani by bringing up the scandal, both online and at her concerts.
Over the weekend, Irving tried to stop the bleeding with a candid post on Instagram, expressing his sadness at the way their relationship ended.
“@kehlani I’m sorry, I know this is long overdue,” he began. “I have to speak on this simply because I owe it to you and you deserve the world to see you for you and how beautiful you are inside and out, and not for the attachment to an emotional moment in time where we both had to grow up and learn about our hearts and our souls in a world that judges and adds on fictitious pressure…”
The 26-year-old Boston Celtics player went on to clear up the allegations of infidelity once and for all, saying she “did not cheat or intentionally hurt” him, and called on his fans to stop harassing his ex with “negative energy.”
Addressing young men who have taunted Kehlani at her shows, he added, “When it starts affecting real life progress, the s**t has to stop. I am responsible as a leader to guide the young males who follow me in a positive way, (and) this is long overdue.”
@kehlani I’m sorry, i know this is long over due. I have to speak on this simply because I owe it to you and you deserve the world to see you for you and how beautiful you are inside and out, and not for the attachment to an emotional moment in time where we both had to grow up and learn about our hearts and our souls in a world that judges and adds on fictitious pressure, SN: And also add that we are public figures now on this social media monster of a platform. I do not want anymore negative energy towards her in any way. She did not cheat or intentionally hurt me, she actually did something extremely noble & respectful, but the fact that it’s still a lingering narrative is really outdated at this point and as I’m hearing about what people are doing to try and intentionally hurt her on my behalf is bullshit. The lack of understanding of what we went through has bred a lot of unwarranted things happening and I want my supporters to really let her be the great soul I know she is whole heartedly. I’m hearing people are showing up to shows and being disruptive while she performs and when it starts affecting real life progress, the shit has to stop. I am responsible as a leader to guide the young males who follow me in a positive way, & this is long overdue. We only try our hardest to be great humans and the fact that I can love her for how beautiful she is a privilege in its own right, I’m grateful. I want to see her and all individuals be who they truthfully are, unapologetically. #WeAreNotDating #Besties #BeenBesties #NeverStoppedNeverWell
Commenting on a screenshot of the above post from Kyrie, Kehlani wrote, “The dopest part about this was the acknowledgement of his responsibly of leading young men that love him (and) go hard for him, that he has a responsibility to put his foot down where he (sees) fit. I appreciate it no matter how long it took.”
Kyrie was asked about the motivation behind his public apology to Kehlani during the MTV Movie & TV Awards red carpet.