Time shall heal all wounds, but despite his final apology, Daniel Caesar realizes it may never be enough. The “Let Me Go” singer is trying to correct some of his past mistakes in his music and media. During an interview to talk about his new album Never enough The songwriter spoke to Apple Music about his previous controversial statements targeting the Black community.
Speaking to journalist Nadeska Alexis, the musician took a moment to reflect on his 2019 comment on the black community’s reaction to white social media influencer YesJulz, who joked in disgust about wearing a graphic t-shirt with the words Wanting to wear “N *****”. lie a lot.”
When asked by Nadeska what it’s like to look back on this moment, he replied, “I totally understand the answer.”
Caesar added, “And over time, after I took time to get over myself and look really honestly at myself and everything that was happening, I was wrong. I was wrong and I’m sorry. For a long time I thought, ‘You can’t do anything, you can’t say anything without anything. You can do and say whatever you want, but as with any action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. And that’s physics. This is science. It’s one of those things where knowing about it can literally put my mind at ease, where I’m like, oh, I deserve it. What happened happened because I deserved it, because I knocked over the domino and started a course.”
This was a complete reversal from his initial apology, and he also pointed out, “You learn not to trust what people have to say on the internet and what people you don’t know have to say,” he said. “When I see people that I know I care about get hurt, it’s like, ‘ah, damn, fine.’ I thought, ‘Okay, you know me.’ It’s because I see that people know me, because I felt inside – my ego is clearly getting out of hand,” Caesar said.
Fans took to social media to respond to his first official “proper” apology since the affair. See some of the answers below.
I never got mad at him lol. Terrible people get spins and unwavering support every day. he is not a bad person and he is an excellent artist so daniel caesar is good in my book 🤷🏾♀️
— ladidai 📣 follow @heyhearusout (@ladidaix) April 8, 2023
The way he said, “I don’t want to hurt anyone,” felt really real. He doesn’t try to do any harm
— I am a LORD… really (@GPCarlo101) April 8, 2023
So we back public support for Daniel Caesar? …because I never wanted to pretend he stopped getting streams from me lmfao pic.twitter.com/a5t240xGNq
— Yan Snead (@YanSnead) April 7, 2023
No, he said he didn’t want us to buy or stream his music. I stay on this side. ✌🏾
– Niki. (@bawgy33) April 8, 2023
It’s a good time to apologize when Daniel Caesar has released music on YouTube.
The thing about those apologies is, if they were genuine, he would question his internalized anti-blackness and his compulsion to shield racist WW from criticism.
— Ola Ojewumi (@Olas_Truth) April 9, 2023
Watch the full interview above.
Never enough is available now through Republic. More information can be found here.