The formal apology DaBaby issued to the LGBTQ+ community earlier this week on Instagram — in which he addressed the homophobic remarks he made at Rolling Loud Miami — is no longer there.
As of Sunday (Aug. 8), those following DaBaby on social media noticed that his post that had been originally dated Aug. 2 appeared to be deleted from his account. It remains unclear why the post was removed.
Billboard reached out to a representative for DaBaby for comment.
In the post, the rapper had said, “I want to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made. Again, I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I know education on this is important. Love to all. God bless.”
“Social media moves so fast that people want to demolish you before you even have the opportunity to grow, educate, and learn from your mistakes,” he wrote in the now-removed note. “As a man who has had to make his own way from very difficult circumstances, having people I know publicly working against me— knowing that what I needed was education on these topics and guidance— has been challenging. I appreciate the many people who came to me with kindness, who reached out to me privately to offer wisdom, education, and resources. That’s what I needed and it was received.”
The controversy began during DaBaby’s set at Rolling Loud in Miami on July 25.
While onstage, he said to the crowd, “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cell phone lighter up. Ladies, if your p—- smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d— in the parking lot, put your cell phone lighter up.”
In the aftermath of his comments, DaBaby was dropped from several events, including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Austin City Limits, Day N Vegas, iHeartRadio Music Festival, Music Midtown Festival and a concert organized by Working Families Party.