02/14/2014 08:17 am ET Updated Feb 14, 2014

Drake Apologizes For Rolling Stone Cover Comments About Philip Seymour Hoffman

Drake has apologized for a pair of tweets he posted and soon deleted on Thursday criticizing Rolling Stone's decision to give its latest cover to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman instead of the Toronto rapper.

"I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip [sic] Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication," Drake wrote on his blog, October's Very Own. "My frustration stemmed from the way it was executed. The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable (on the magazines [sic] 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."

Those words are very different from the one's Drake tweeted: "They also took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue," Drake wrote on Twitter. "I'm disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip [sic] Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil."

Drake also attacked Rolling Stone for the interview he conducted with the magazine, which included comments he made about Kanye West's "Yeezus." According to Drake, his words were spoken outside the "interview portion" of the conversation. The apology posted on October's Very Own, however, makes no mention of the "Yeezus" quotes.

"I once again apologize to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way," Drake wrote in the final portion of his blog post. "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."

Read Drake's full statement on the matter here.



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