NBA Star Kyrie Irving Explains Why He Penned Heartfelt Apology to Ex-Girlfriend Kehlani

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Kyrie Irving poses for a portrait in Boston on June 12, 2018.

Kyrie Irving penned a heartfelt public apology to R&B star Kehlani on Instagram Friday night (June 15), where he made it a point to shoot down all rumors that the singer cheated on him with PARTYNEXTDOOR.

The Boston Celtics star point guard also spoke to the fact that people need to stop using his name to bring negative energy into her life. Irving explained on the MTV Movie + TV Awards red carpet about his decision to write the long-overdue open letter, years after they'd broken up.

"She’s an incredible person, and I don’t ever want to see anyone do anything harmful in her way. I heard from her and other people that people are coming to her shows, and doing just really obnoxious things. I don’t ever want to see anyone go through that, especially a female like that, and you know, she’s incredibly special. I want the focus to be on her, her career, and that’s it," the 26-year-old explained.

The former Cleveland Cavalier continued to say that he was actually with Kehlani the day he wrote the letter, and the two remain close, but are not romantically involved anymore. "I’m for love, peace, and harmony. I really want to see the world be a better place, and if I could do anything to change that, then I’m gonna do it," Irving concluded.

Kyrie is gearing up to star in his first feature film, Uncle Drew, which hits theaters June 29. The New Jersey native even contributed to the movie's soundtrack, boasting some vocal ability on the project's closing track, "Ridiculous."

Check out Kyrie Irving's apology and his explanation below. 


@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she actually did something extremely noble & respectful, but the fact that it's still a lingering narrative is really outdated at this point and as I'm hearing about what people are doing to try and intentionally hurt her on my behalf is bullshit.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

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