UPDATED 5:10 p.m. ET: Migos have released a statement on the controversy surrounding their words about Makonnen.
"We are all fan's of Makonnens music and we wish he didn't feel like he ever had to hide himself," the group shared on Twitter. "We feel the world is fucked up that people feel like they have to hide and we're asked to comment on someone's sexuality."
"We have no problem with anyone's sexual preference," they added. "We love all people, gay or straight and we apologize if we offended anyone."
You can read the full statement below.
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Just as the world was being introduced to the full version of Migos' snack jingle "Dab of Ranch," Rolling Stone published a feature on the Billboard toppers' ongoing wave of success. When discussing how proud they are of the "diversity"of Atlanta, the group addressed the recent coming out of fellow Georgia mainstay iLoveMakonnen with some perplexing comments.
"They supported him?" Quavo asked Rolling Stone's Jonah Weiner, who pointed out the awesome wave of support Makonnen received after coming out as gay on Twitter last month. Offset added: "That's because the world is fucked up." Quavo also suggested that Makonnen's coming out somehow contradicts with the subject matter of his music. "That's wack, bro," he said. Peep the full exchange, straight from the feature, below:
"All are wildly different MCs, illustrating the 'diversity' that Quavo says is one of the things he most loves about Atlanta. And so I'm surprised by Migos' reaction when I mention iLoveMakonnen, the local MC who just came out as gay on Twitter. 'Damn, Makonnen!' Quavo bellows after an awkward interlude. I mention support I saw online for Makonnen's decision. 'They supported him?' Quavo asks, raising an eyebrow. 'That's because the world is fucked up,' says Offset. 'This world is not right,' Takeoff says. 'We ain't saying it's nothing wrong with the gays,' says Quavo. But he suggests that Makonnen's sexuality undermines his credibility, given the fact that 'he first came out talking about trapping and selling Molly, doing all that.'"
Weiner also mentions an incident at Quality Control studios during the interview involving a "woman with bright-blond hair and a regal bearing." According to Weiner, an argument between the woman and Quavo is eventually taken outside:
"The [surveillance camera] picture is too small and grainy to say what exactly happens next, but I see the woman fall to the ground. O-Ron carries her, as she kicks furiously, away from Quavo. Soon a car arrives; she gets in and leaves. O-Ron returns and explains that the woman 'fell down and busted her nose – her face is all bloody.'"
"Thank you for letting me be myself," Makonnen wrote on Instagram last month after telling fans it was "time I've come out." Fans and artists alike voiced their support for Makonnen, retweeting his coming out statement nearly 14,000 times:
Reps for Migos did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment. Reps for Makonnen declined to comment.