CeeLo Apologizes For Rape Tweets, Almost Called His New Album Girl Power

CeeLo Green has a new album coming this fall called Heart Blanche; it was preceded by initial single “Robin Williams.” As Green begins to ramp up his press in advance of the album’s release, he continues to face questions about pleading no contest to the felony of drugging a woman against her knowledge, and his subsequent comments about rape that were so heinous three festivals dropped him from their bills immediately.

In his first interview in three years, Green spoke to The Sunday Times about the tweets, while avoiding the topic of his actual sentence altogether. NME has his comments:

I do realize in retrospect that it was highly sensitive, what I tweeted — highly irresponsible. It did stem from emotion causing some involuntary action, and I do believe that, maybe just possibly, we could all give each other a margin for human error. And in those instances I do realize I’m an artist, that I’m flawed; and sometimes, you know, you don’t think. I was most certainly not thinking, not considering whom I might offend. And to those many people, however many or however few, I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize again.

Green also shared that he’s working with Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth and Pharrell Williams on the record, and almost gave it a different name to honor women, men’s “most miraculous muse”:

At one point it was called Girl Power, because it is all about the adornment, the upliftment, the exaltment and the appreciation of all things woman. [Women are] our most miraculous muse — an enchantment that encourages all art.

Personally, I’ve always enjoyed being reduced to a miraculous enchantment that encourages art.

Heart Blanche is out 11/13 via Atlantic Records.