Cee Lo Green Apologizes for Past Mistakes, Says Drugs Rap was 'Blown Out of Proportion'

CeeLo Green
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CeeLo Green performs onstage at the 21st annual Race to Erase MS at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 2, 2014 in Century City, California.  

Cee Lo Green admits he made mistakes in the past. But he vows he’s changed man. 

The "F**k You" singer and former Voice coach sat for an interview for Tuesday’s Steve Harley Show in which he admitted to errors of judgment, addressed the lurid drug incident which led to his departure from The Voice, and apologized (again) for his subsequent, questionable tweets about rape. 

An original coach when The Voice launched in 2011, Green left the reality show in 2014 after facing charges in a felony drug case, a situation he now describes as “blown out of proportion.” He pleaded no contest to giving a woman ecstasy at a 2012 dinner and went on to complete his sentenced community service.

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He now wants back on The Voice, if they’ll have him.

“I’m fortunate to still have fans who are forgiving…forgiving and understanding and they do realize that we’re human beings and we do make mistakes. I am not my mistakes.” He added, “I do sincerely apologize for anybody that I may have offended, he added. I’ve been entertaining you for the last 20 years now and I’d love to continue if you’d have me.”

Green faced a backlash when, after entering his plea last year, he posted a series of messages on Twitter, including one that read: "Women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" He deleted the ill-advised comments and posted an apology, but his actions resulted in the cancelation of a reality show and several concerts. He now admits his behavior was "highly irresponsible."

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Though Green says he’s not spoken with the woman for some time, their last chat was “amicable." "We walked away from it," he said. “Really unfortunate, inconvenient for both of us. We both agreed that we would like to resume back to real life, it was something that was blown out of proportion. It’s something I'm not even at liberty to be so detailed about was amicable."

Green also used his time on stage with Harley to discuss his fifth album Heart Blanche, released Nov. 6 through Atlantic, and the recent announcement of his engagement to longtime partner Shani James.


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