Tyrese not apologizing

Singer/actor Tyrese Gibson caught heat for his offensive comments about overweight people last week. During a recent interview with AllHipHop.com, Tyrese was asked, “What kind of responsibility do you feel as an entertainer, you have to inspire people to live healthier lifestyles?”

Tyrese, 34, responded, “No two situations are the same. If you are fat and nasty and you don’t like the way you look, do something about it. It’s simple. When you take a shower and you put your fat, nasty body in the shower and by the time you get out, the mirrors are all steamed up so you don’t look at what you did to yourself. That may sound offensive or insensitive but ultimately, you are big as hell because you have earned that s–t. You worked your a– off to eat everything in sight to get big as hell.”

He added: “If you got a problem with the way you look, then you need to do something about it. Excuses sound best to the people that’s making them up.”

Though Tyrese refuses to apologize, he now says he regrets using the wrong wording.

“I’m not apologizing for what I said I’m apologizing for the bad choice of wording and execution of my point around obesity,” Tyrese said in a prepared statement.

The singer gave a little insight into the reason behind his subconscious hatred of women, which may stem from his childhood interactions with his overweight mother and sisters.

“Y’all seen my documentary, I was brought in this world from a plus size mother and my sisters are plus size as well… I am concerned always!”

Tyrese also tweeted: “We always associate addictions to cocaine, Heroin, and or alcoholic abuse… Food is the No. 1 addiction in America.”

“This is what happens when you decide to not just be an artist or an actor but use your heart,” he added. “It creates controversy and unwanted energy.”

Tyrese attended promoted his upcoming movie ‘Fast & Furious 6’ with actress Michelle Rodriguez at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in LAs Vegas on Tuesday (April 16).
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