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"I have nothing but respect for the LGBTQ community," the rapper says in new statement.

Travis Scott says that the controversy surrounding the cover of his latest album was just a "misunderstanding."

After an image of trans model Amanda Lepore didn't make the final cut of his "Astroworld" album cover, Scott was accused of transphobia and received major backlash. However, the "Goosebumps" singer told TMZ Friday that the final art was approved by the artist, David LaChapelle, and he had nothing to do with it. Now Scott has spoken out in a statement, saying that he has "nothing but respect for the LGBTQ community" and suggested Lepore would be featured in a book of images.

"Thank you David Lachappelle and Amanda Lepore and everyone that came out to make all the covers and the vision come to life!!!" he wrote on Instagram Saturday. "ASTROWORLD IS ABOUT LOVE AND EXPRESSION NOT HATE! This is very important for me to speak about: Growing up I've been taught to accept everyone, not to cast people away but bring them into your home!"

"I have nothing but respect for the LGBTQ community," he added. "I want to use my voice to make it clear that everyone on this planet is as equal and f--king awesome to the next. Me and Lachappelle set out tooo [sic] create images that I grew up watching him create for years that inspire me today."

"Yo Amanda you did upstage everyone even me and I can't wait for everyone to see the booklet that me and Dave put together that includes all these images," he concluded. "Thank you for being apart of it. Sorry for the misunderstanding Love you guys and THANK YOU ALL!! EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ASTROWORLD!"

Before Scott apologized, Lepore didn't seem too upset about being cut out from the cover and told TMZ that she is just "too distracting" and "upstaged everyone" in the photograph.

"A girl can't help it!" the model said. "I'm too distracting for the eyes! I upstaged everyone in the photograph! ... Oh well, I love David LaChapelle and Travis Scott! Love and kisses."

Scott posted two photos on Instagram, the first his statement, and the second being the new updated cover in which Lepore has been edited back in.


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TooFab has reached out to Scott's reps for further comment, but have yet to hear back.

"Astroworld" is out now.

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