Drake apologises for blowup
DRAKe has apologised for railing on Rolling Stone after the magazine bumped him off the cover in favour of the late Philip Seymour hoffman.
he took to his website on Friday to issue an open letter “to clear the air about an extremely emotional day”.
“I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Philip Seymour hoffman. he is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalised by this publication,” Drake wrote.
“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.”
he went on to write that had he be given the choice, he would have waited “until it was my time”.
“I understand the magnitude of the cover they chose but I just wasn’t given that option and that made me feel violated. I apologise 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,” he continued.
The rapper-singer created a Twitter firestorm on Thursday when he admonished the publication in a series of tweets to his more than 14 million Twitter followers (some of which were subsequently deleted).
he vented over remarks on Kanye West that he believed were off the record and was peeved that he lost the cover “last minute” after the mag replaced him with a tribute to hoffman, who died of an apparent overdose on Feb 2.
Drake went so far as to say that he was “disgusted” by the publication and later added that he’s “done doing interviews for magazines”.
The rapper didn’t further address another issue he has with the magazine – that it used comments he made over West’s polarising Yeezus, saying he was ambivalent about the album and criticising some of the album’s lyrics.
“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,” he went on to write. “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.” – Los Angeles Times/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services SO, who was Alex Pettyfer’s (pic) date on Valentine’s Day? It’s his mother.
“What can I say, mate?” he said during a recent publicity visit to Minneapolis. “I’m a boring bloke. What I miss most about england when I’m living here is my mum’s food. She does this pasta with this Arrabbiata with broccoli and bacon in it. Lovely! her cooking’s got love to it.”
Endless Love is the first romantic film for the 23-year-old english actor. he plays David elliot, a blue-collar boy with a troubled past, who falls for sheltered rich girl Jade Butterfield, played by fellow Brit Gabriella Wilde.
Pettyfer, who became a teen idol after playing a schoolboy spy in the 2006 film Stormbreaker, has quickly amassed a diverse resume. he played a space alien hiding among earthlings in the young-adult sci-fi film I Am Number Four, and an aged gangster in the futuristic Justin Timberlake thriller In Time. his best-known role to date was as a handyman turned male stripper in the 2012 hit Magic Mike. The role, which memorably featured him being humped by Matthew McConaughey in a banana yellow thong, came his way when a casting director for a different project recommended him to Steven Soderbergh.
“I was just lucky” to land the part, he said. “I say I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”
Pettyfer, who divides his time between Britain and Los Angeles, came from an acting family, but it was never assumed that he would be a performer. his parents encouraged him to pursue a number of different opportunities in education, sports and entertainment. his brother went on to become a tennis professional and Pettyfer competed as a race driver for a time. But fate always seemed to be nudging him toward performing.
he started in commercials at age six after bumping into Ralph Lauren in a toy store. he went from playing Willy Wonka in a school production to starring in an english TV production of Tom Brown’s School Days.
In recent years he has had few acting opportunities that use his real accent. For Endless Love, Pettyfer and Wilde spent a month perfecting Georgia speech patterns. his role is physical, with some fight scenes and a daredevil sequence in a burning mansion, but it was an entirely delightful experience, he said.
“It’s not difficult work,” he said. “When I’m given an opportunity by someone to tell a story I think is meaningful, the preparation’s not hard. To create a movie is hard. And to get the role is hard. But once you’re attached, nothing’s hard. I’m one of the lucky people in this world that can say I’m doing what I love.” – Star Tribune/ McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
Endless Love is currently playing in cinemas nationwide.