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Drake didn't mean to come off like an asshole about Philip Seymour Hoffman

The push-pull of Drake’s assholery soldiers on. In an open letter published on his website late last night, the rapper says that, contrary to yesterday’s reports, "I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone” in giving the late Philip Seymour Hoffman his cover, saying that Hoffman “is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by” the magazine.

Drake says that it wasn’t his demotion from cover boy to interior feature subject that pissed him off, per se, but rather Rolling Stone’s handling of the matter. According to Drake, he wasn’t allowed to pull his story from the magazine—an idea RS ad sales people probably wouldn’t have been too crazy about—even though he “would have waited until it was my time.” He feels devastated that he “was not able to salvage my story or my photos”—though, again, the magazine probably (hopefully?) paid for those photos, and what it does with them is its decision. Drake also apologized to the Hoffman family, saying he never wants to “see myself as bigger than that moment.”

He also offered a more philosophical explanation for his outburst, saying, "Today I was forced out of my character and felt the need to react swiftly,” something that doesn’t typically fly on Twitter. “After dwelling on it for a few hours or days you will come to the conclusion that you brought it on yourself almost every time,” Drake concluded. “I guess this is a day to learn and grow.” 

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