Jazmine Sullivan Apologizes for Facebook Post on Late Gospel Singer Thomas Clay

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Earlier this week, Grammy-nominated R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan was attacked by Internet critics for her lengthy Facebook passage on the death of gospel sensation Thomas Clay, who she says made many advances towards her. 

"I didn’t know TC very. What I do know is I gave him my number accidentally thru a friend and he reached out consistently for a year," Sullivan shared in a since-deleted post on Oct. 18. "I think I replied maybe 3 times but that never stopped him from writing me. He was DETERMINED lol… Just know I was your fan TC (Cuz I know u still gotta crush on me in heaven and u listening) rest in paradise!" 

Sullivan has now issued an apology (Oct. 21) on Instagram, explaining her intentions. "After reading ur comments I can understand how some of u feel the way u do. For that and to the people who knew and loved Tc whom I offended I humbly apologize. It was not in my heart nor my intention to bring attention to myself and I am truly upset at the thought that I may have taken up one second in this time of mourning."

"I was just caught up in all the love for TC I had seen for a couple days," she continued. "I can see now there were details I coulda reserved but I just wanted to tell my truthful, light hearted story to lift the heavy atmosphere. The main point of my post was not to show how I "curved" him, or disrespect him by making him seem annoying, but to show how I missed the opportunity to get to know a great guy!"

Consider it a lesson learned for Sullivan as well. "It was a lesson on time and how I wish I had used it more wisely!," she added. "A lesson I could've kept private."

Clay, also known as "TC," was found dead in his hotel room this past weekend due to unknown causes, according to Praise Baltimore.

Read her full statement below:

 

After reading ur comments I can understand how some of u feel the way u do. For that and to the people who knew and loved Tc whom I offended I humbly apologize. It was not in my heart nor my intention to bring attention to myself and I am truly upset at the thought that I may have taken up one second in this time of mourning. I was just caught up in all the love for TC I had seen for a couple days. So on that morning when I went to post a pic and caption abt myself, Instead I started thinking of him and the next thing I knew I was writing my story of how we met. I can see now there were details I coulda reserved but I just wanted to tell my truthful, light hearted story to lift the heavy atmosphere. The main point of my post was not to show how I "curved" him, or disrespect him by making him seem annoying, but to show how I missed the opportunity to get to know a great guy! Simply my regret at discovering his amazing gift, and even greater spirit too late. It was a lesson on time and how I wish I had used it more wisely! A lesson I could've kept private. The biggest honor to his memory for everyone is to turn our attention back to where it belongs in sending love and support to those who knew him best and remembering TC! -jaz #rihtc ❤️--

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