01/09/2012 10:35 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Cee Lo Green Explains 'Imagine' Lyrics Change

He may have deleted his tweets about it, but Cee Lo Green is not entirely sorry for changing the lyrics to "Imagine" on New Year's Eve.

The popstar controversially switched the lines to John Lennon's song from "Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too" to "Nothing to kill or die for, And all religion's true." When people criticized him over Twitter, he lashed out at them, but later deleted the tweets (we have them all saved, and you can see them below).

When asked about the change while promoting NBC's "The Voice" at the TCAs this weekend, he said he meant no offense, but stood by the switch.

"I will say that it's all about love," he said (via Entertainment Weekly). "It was all done out of love and out of peace and unity and tolerance and acceptance and all those many wonderful things that seem cliche and a little bit cheesy. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."

His co-judge on the show Adam Levine backed him, saying that "We all worship John Lennon. He would have said the same thing - 'It's only a song,' you know. But you put your spin on it, and that's what you did."

For more, click over to EW, and see the performance and tweets below.