Morgan Wallen says life has ‘gotten pretty dark’ over the past year

Morgan Wallen opened up about his growth over the past year and some of his darkest times in a recent interview with Storme Warren on SiriusXM.

While Wallen didn’t directly address the 2021 video, which revealed him using a racial slur, he admitted to experiencing darker times recently.

“It got pretty dark, for sure,” the 29-year-old country singer said. “I feel like a pretty resilient person and I’m a pretty happy person in general, but it was a really, really tough time. I feel like if [I] just stay true to who I knew I really was, we’d be fine. He added: “There were definitely a few [lessons] this [have] been learned. I always try to learn everything I can.

In March, Wallen won album of the year for Dangerous: the double album at the 57th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards and appeared on the show to accept the honor. “When I started this album, I was a kid,” Wallen said in his speech. “At the time I released it, I was a father and that became more important to me than anything else. For my son, this album and this award will mean that his father was a fighter and he pursued her dreams and worked hard to make them come true.

Wallen also won a Billboard Music Award for Top Country Male Artist in May and received the Pusha T Rapper Award. A year after being banned from the show after the video of his slur went viral, Wallen also performed a mashup of his songs “Don’t Thank Jesus” and “Wasted on You” during the show.

“We stand against discrimination, harassment or racism of any kind,” the show’s producers MRC Live & Alternative said in a statement ahead of the Billboard Music Awards. “We believe in treating everyone with dignity and respect. After extensive review and extensive discussions internally and with the artist team, in which we found a demonstrated and ongoing commitment to meaningful work and outreach, we have issued an invitation to participate in this year’s show .

Wallen, who recently released new single “You Proof” on his 29th birthday, said he now feels a greater sense of gratitude.

“A lot of great things are happening, you know,” the 29-year-old artist said. “I think I’m happy like I’ve never been. I can honestly say that. Obviously, I’ve had a lot of success, which doesn’t hurt… but I’m just in a really good place mentally. I have my little boy. I have my family. Everything is going really well for me at the moment. Gratitude is therefore at the top of my vocabulary.

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