Drake apologizes after Rolling Stone, Philip Seymour Hoffman rant

Drake performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 21, 2013, in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Drake has apologized after lashing out at Rolling Stone for replacing him on the cover with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

In a message posted on his blog, the 27-year-old wrote: "I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication."

The rapper added that he was frustrated and said Thursday was "an emotional day." He titled the post "Tough Day At The Office."

"The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable (on the magazines behalf), but I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating," he wrote. "They ran the issue without giving me a choice to be in it or not. I would have waited until it was my time because I understand the magnitude of the cover they chose but I just wasn't given that option and that made me feel violated."

"I apologize to anybody who took my initial comments out of context because in no way would I ever want to offend the Hoffman family or see myself as bigger than that moment. I am still the same person. Today I was forced out of my character and felt the need to react swiftly. These days are the worst ones. Waking up after a great night in the studio and it's your day to be picked apart. 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. So here I am having that moment. I once again apologize to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way. I respect Rolling Stone for being willing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover. I guess this is a day to learn and grow," he concluded.

Drake tweeted Thursday that he was "disgusted" that Rolling Stone put Hoffman on its cover and he was finished doing magazine interviews. He also said the magazine misquoted him when Kanye West came up, which he didn't mention in his Friday post.

The magazine's new issue hit newsstands Friday.

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