Morgan Wallen joined country artist Luke Bryan on stage during his Friday night concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
In his first major appearance since entering 30-day rehab following his scandal of racist slurs fueled by alcohol, the 28-year-old singer appeared to have reverted to his old ways as he was doing drugs. shots on stage.
In a Good Morning America interview on July 23, the Heartless singer addressed video of him using the N word after a night of partying, and said he was supposed to be “playful” before calling himself “ignorant” .
Surprise! The beleaguered country artist made an appearance on stage at a Luke Bryan show on Friday and sang hits before taking celebratory tequila shots, just months after entering alcohol rehab as a result. of his scandal of racial insults
Wallen joined Florida Georgia Line’s Bryan, Jason Aldean and Tyler Hubbard on stage in a surprise cameo to sing some of his biggest hits and take celebratory tequila shots.
Bryan introduced him as he addressed the crowd, “A very good friend of mine is here backstage tonight. I don’t know if you know… do I need another shot of tequila to overcome that? ‘
His statements prompted Wallen to come out, whereupon he was greeted with overwhelming cheers, and he kicked off his surprise set with his song More Than My Hometown.
‘It’s a song about staying true to yourself. It’s been a really tough thing for me to do lately, ”he told the crowd.
Cameo: The 28-year-old singer made an appearance at Bryan’s show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Friday night and was applauded
And thereafter, he performed another hit, Whiskey Glasses, before staying on stage while Aldean went on to sing She’s Country.
‘Thank you @lukebryan for inviting me last night brother. Sharing the stage with you, @jasonaldean and @tylerhubbard was one of those moments that I will never forget. Thank you Nashville for welcoming me so warmly. And to the rest of my fans, we’ll be recreating this soon, ”Wallen wrote via an Instagram post.
Although he has sworn to his fans that they will do it again “soon”, following his racial slurs scandal in February, his record company, Big Loud Records, “has suspended indefinitely” his contract and his WME agency. abandoned it.
“Following recent events, Big Loud Records has made the decision to indefinitely suspend Morgan Wallen’s recording contract. Republic Records fully supports Big Loud’s decision and agrees that such behavior will not be tolerated, ”the label’s statement read.
Heartwarming welcome! “Thank you Nashville for welcoming me so warmly. And to the rest of my fans, we’ll be recreating this soon, ”Wallen wrote via an Instagram post.
Following the scandal: This was his first major appearance since entering rehab for 30 days after being captured throwing the N word following a 72-hour lullaby in February
And in a handwritten apology released in April, Morgan had vowed he would not “give out tour dates this summer” or “Luke Bryan tour dates,” as well as festivals.
Wallen was filmed by a neighbor – in footage obtained by TMZ – throwing the N word as he dubbed his friend a “p *** ya ** n *** a”, which he said in his interview with GMA. ’72 hour of a 72 hour bender.’
“I had longtime friends in town, you know we had just been partying all weekend and thought we were just going to go hard for the two or three days they were there,” said he told Michael Strahan.
He went on to say that to say that the racial insult “didn’t just happen” but that he was surrounded by friends and that they “were saying stupid things together”.
“In our mind, it was just fun. It sounds ignorant, but that’s really where it comes from. It was wrong. ‘
Bender: Wallen was filmed in footage obtained by TMZ casting the N word and other obscenities, which he said in his interview with GMA was “72 hour from a 72 hour bender”
“Stupid stuff”: he kept saying that he used the N word (to his drunken friend who is white) in a “playful” way because they “frequently said stupid stuff together”
He also spoke candidly about going to rehab after the incident despite his tequila indulgence on stage.
“For 30 days I spent time in San Diego, California – you know, I was just trying to figure out…” why am I acting this way? Do I have a drinking problem? Do I have a deeper problem? ”
The Sneedville-born singer also said that as his album sales increased amid the scandal, he and his team decided to donate the amount – which was “around $ 500,000” – to black organizations. , including the Black Music Action Coalition.
After the footage was released in February, Wallen issued an apology, in which he said he was “embarrassed and sorry,” and called the racial insult “inappropriate” and “unacceptable,” swearing: “I wish I could take it back” and that he “would do better”.
In April – presumably after rehab – he also issued a handwritten apology via Instagram.
Extract: In April, he presented a handwritten apology; excerpt in photo above