Jazmine Sullivan has issued an apology after being intensely criticized for her seemingly insensitive comments regarding gospel singer Thomas Clay’s death.
According to Billboard, Clay, who was also known as “TC,” was found dead in his hotel room this past weekend. The cause of his death is currently unknown. Following the news that the gospel sensation had died, Sullivan posted a lengthy eulogy to Facebook, revealing that he had made several advances towards her, all of which she rejected.
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“I didn’t know TC very. What I do know is I gave him my number accidentally thru a friend and he reached out consistently for a year,” Sullivan’s post read. “I think I replied maybe 3 times but that never stopped him from writing me. He was DETERMINED lol… Just know I was your fan TC (Cuz I know u still gotta crush on me in heaven and u listening) rest in paradise!”
Once fans saw what she had written, they were outraged. Many criticized her for turning a eulogy about a talented singer’s death into something about herself. Because of the backlash, Sullivan later issued an apology for her original post.
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“After reading ur comments I can understand how some of u feel the way u do. For that and to the people who knew and loved Tc whom I offended I humbly apologize,” the R&B singer wrote in her apology that she posted to Instagram on Friday, October 21. “It was not in my heart nor my intention to bring attention to myself and I am truly upset at the thought that I may have taken up one second in this time of mourning.”
Jazmine said she didn’t mean to make it all about her, but rather she was trying to lighten the atmosphere with a funny story about Thomas. She admitted that she could have left some of the details out, and apologized to those she offended.
“I was just caught up in all the love for TC I had seen for a couple days. So on that morning when I went to post a pic and caption abt myself, Instead I started thinking of him and the next thing I knew I was writing my story of how we met. I can see now there were details I coulda reserved but I just wanted to tell my truthful, light hearted story to lift the heavy atmosphere,” she continued.
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Sullivan concluded her apology by boasting about how great of a guy Thomas Clay was. She also asked everyone to turn their attention back to what is most important, “sending love and support,” to Clay’s friends and family members.
“The main point of my post was not to show how I “curved” him, or disrespect him by making him seem annoying, but to show how I missed the opportunity to get to know a great guy! Simply my regret at discovering his amazing gift, and even greater spirit too late. It was a lesson on time and how I wish I had used it more wisely! A lesson I could’ve kept private. The biggest honor to his memory for everyone is to turn our attention back to where it belongs in sending love and support to those who knew him best and remembering TC! -jaz#rihtc????
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