After rapper Soulja Boy uttered the lyric “f*** the troops” in his song, ‘Let’s Be Real,’ the outcry was so great that various Army personnel and veterans created a petition seeking to ban Soulja Boy’s music and memorabilia from Army and Air Force bases across the US.

Now, the 21-year-old star has issued a mea culpa to soldiers and their families via the website Global Grind.

In it, he says in part, “When I expressed my frustration with the US Army, not only did my words come out wrong, I was wrong to even speak them. So, I write this to give my sincerest apology to all members of the United States military services, as well as their families that were offended by my most recent lyrics.”

He goes on to explain it’s not the members of the military he’s upset with, but the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that have been so costly both emotionally and financially. He adds:

“In no way would I ever want to offend those who are protecting our freedoms … In no way do I want to hurt any of our honorable soldiers who put their lives at risk, regardless of how they feel about the two wars we fight in. I am just frustrated that we haven’t been able to bring you all home quick enough and my frustration got the best of me. I am deeply sorry.”

The apology, while heartfelt, probably would’ve meant a lot more had he not later tweeted, “I’m sorry I didn’t know my music was listened to by so many ears I didn’t mean any disrespect. some people just mess with me. y’all know it.”

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