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!"