Macy Gray is apologizing for comments that had critics accusing her of being transphobic.
“I have nothing but love for the LGBTQ+ and transgender community and have been a supporter since day one,” Gray told Entertainment Tonight in a statement on Tuesday. “My statement on Piers Morgan was grossly misunderstood. I don’t hate anyone. I respect everyone’s right to feel comfortable in their bodies and live their own truth.”
The apology comes one day after the Soul singer, 54, appeared on Piers Morgan Uncensored and the topic of transgender people came up.
At the time, Gray shared, “I will say this, and everyone’s gonna hate me, but as a woman, just because you go change your parts, doesn’t make you a woman. Sorry.”
She then doubled down on the statement when Morgan asked if she truly believed that, stating, “I know that for a fact.”
“Like if you want me to call you a ‘her,’ I will, ‘cause that’s what you want, but that doesn’t make you a woman just ’cause I call you a ‘her’ and just because you got a surgery,” Gray told Morgan.
The R&B singer also defended Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who previously landed herself in hot water for making comments that were deemed by some to be anti-trans.
“I don’t think you should be called transphobic just because you don’t agree with, you know…there’s a lot of judgment and throwing stones at people for just saying what it is,” Gray said.
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