Ne-Yo pens a heartfelt reflection in the wake of Jussie Smollett's declared innocence.
The curious case of Jussie Smollett has left many scratching their heads, offering up theories on what ultimately went down. While some have taken a hardline stance of "money = get out of jail free card," there are many who believe that justice has been served, especially given the hateful nature of the alleged crime. Counting themselves among the latter camp is singer Ne-Yo, who took to Instagram to pen a heartfelt reflection on the Smollet saga.
"I wouldn’t be real if I didn’t admit that I ALMOST let them convince me of something my spirit was telling me was wrong," he begins, alongside a picture of a truth-seeking Jussie. "In the time we did spend together, he proved to be a genuine guy. Not clout hungry, not even on that “celebrity” shit. Just real and regular folks, passionate about his craft."
"Seemed like everyone was real quick to crucify and make meme’s and poke fun," he continues. "I was anxious for ANSWERS because the shit just didn’t feel right. But I admit did almost allow myself to get caught up in the storm. And I feel much shame for this. The lesson here for me is to NEVER ignore my spirit, even if the whole world is telling me otherwise." Clearly, Ne-Yo regrets changing his stance, especially when his intuition felt that Jussie was innocent from the start.
"@jussiesmollett I apologize to you for almost allowing media and the things being said around me, to make me go against what my heart and soul was screaming at me, “this situation doesn’t make sense. Not with who you know him to be or even PERIOD," he writes, citing factors like the media and word of mouth as prominent means of controlling influence. "I’m happy that for once justice was on the right side," concludes Ne-Yo, a thought that will likely elicit a divided response. Perhaps there's a lesson to be learned here - form your own opinions, and don't be afraid to stand by them. Do you agree with Ne-Yo on his chance?