Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving responded to the suicide attempt of R&B singer Kehlani Wednesday, two days after she tried to take her life. The NBA star wrote an extended response after people began to question why he remained silent.
“Of this nonsense that could have been avoided, but me and Kehlani were not dating when the picture came out,” he said, in reference to the photo PartyNextDoor posted of himself and Kehlani in bed. “It's been hard to see what's been going on and not address the truth. I do not justify the picture or what dude did to try and spark all."
“It's unfortunate that it's received so much attention but its become bigger because of a post that was misunderstood," Irving, 24, continued. “Nothing but love and compassion over this way for her and her family. My only focus the Game I love to play every night.”
Strangely, Irving deleted the tweets soon after he posted them. Luckily, the Shade Room preserved the messages and posted them to their Instagram page.
Kehlani, 20, revealed she attempted suicide in an Instagram post late Monday night, which has now been deleted. “Today, I wanted to leave this earth. Being completely selfish for once. Never thought I’d get to such a low point,” the Grammy Award-nominated singer said.
After she left the hospital, where she was temporarily placed on psychiatric hold, she updated her fans about her condition. “Thank you for the love,” she captioned a photo of a flower. “Everyone's fighting things people know nothing about. Healthy, home, and with people who love me. Thank you for all [the] support. All God. Will be taking space.”
Keeping in line with Irving, all of Kehlani’s messages have been scrubbed from her page.
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