*Ne-Yo has addressed the insensitive comment he nervously uttered before singing at George Floyd’s funeral.
During an appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” that aired Monday, the crooner spoke about the backlash received over saying that he wanted to “thank George Floyd for his sacrifice” in furthering the fight against systemic racism.
Explaining the sentiment, Ne-Yo said that when he saw Floyd’s daughter staring back at him from the front row, he broke. “I couldn’t get my words together or what I wanted to say. That came out wrong,” he told Clarkson. “Some people misunderstood what I meant.”
Ne-Yo said that at first, he got upset at the online backlash and thought, “Intelligent people knew what I meant, and anybody ignorant, I ain’t worried about it.”
But he was later convinced by his manager to ensure that people at least understood what he was trying to say. Addressing someone on his timeline that said Floyd “wasn’t sacrificed, he was murdered,” Ne-Yo explained on the show Monday, “In the realm of sacrifices, they kind of involve deaths. It’s unfortunate that [Floyd’s] death was the spark that caused this energy that is slowly but surely creating change for us, but the truth of the matter is, this man’s life was sacrificed in order for it to happen.”
Watch Ne-Yo’s entire explanation below: