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Less than a month after suggesting rich and famous people have it much harder than those living in poverty, Akon is doubling down on his comments.

TMZ caught up with the singer at LAX this weekend, and asked if he wanted to address the backlash over his controversial remarks.

“It’s not really more so a walk back, but what I do want to express is that sometimes when comments like that are made—I always speak according to what I’m personally going through myself,” Akon explained. “Nobody can sit there and tell me I didn’t go through poverty.”

The Grammy-winning artist continued, “I’m having more problems successfully dealing with all that comes with success than I had when I was poor. I was actually happier when I was poor.”