Yesterday (February 13), Drake criticized Rolling Stone for taking him off the magazine’s cover. The publication responded by saying that it is customary to switch covers when a musician or actor dies and in this case, the publication elected to publish a cover featuring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who passed away February 2.
“They…took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue,” Drake said in a Twitter post today. “I’m disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil.”
Drake later deleted the Twitter updates above and issued a statement on his OVO Blog about why he is frustrated with Rolling Stone and why he feels he must apologize for his comments regarding Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
“I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman,” Drake said. “He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication. My frustration stemmed from the way it was executed. The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable [on the magazines behalf], but I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating. They ran the issue without giving me a choice to be in it or not. I would have waited until it was my time because I understand the magnitude of the cover they chose, but I just wasn’t given that option and that made me feel violated.
“I apologize to anybody who took my initial comments out of context because in no way would I ever want to offend the Hoffman family or see myself as bigger than that moment,” Drake continues. “I am still the same person. Today I was forced out of my character and felt the need to react swiftly. These days are the worst ones. Waking up after a great night in the studio and it’s your day to be picked apart. After dwelling on it for a few hours or days you will come to the conclusion that you brought it on yourself almost every time. So here I am having that moment. I once again apologize to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way. I respect Rolling Stone for being willing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover. I guess this is a day to learn and grow.”
Drake’s initial cover related comments can be found below.