Grammy award winning artist Stevie Wonder is walking back controversial comments he made about a singer who recently came out.
The writer of songs such as ‘Superstition, ‘Sir Duke’ and ‘I Wish’ is in hot water for a statement he made to the UK Guardian about R&B singer Frank Ocean.
‘I think honestly, some people who think they’re gay, they’re confused,’ Wonder replied when asked about the furor of Ocean coming out as bisexual. ‘People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond. I’m not saying all [gay people are confused]. Some people have a desire to be with the same sex. But that’s them.’
In a statement to the US gay news weekly The Advocate, Wonder apologized for his wording and emphasized his music has always been inclusive.
‘I’m sorry that my words about anyone feeling confused about their love were misunderstood,’ Wonder said in his statement. ‘No one has been a greater advocate for the power of love in this world than I; both in my life and in my music. Clearly, love is love, between a man and a woman, a woman and a man, a woman and a woman and a man and a man. What I’m not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period.’