Drake is breaking his silence amid the tragedy at Astroworld.
For the first time since eight people died and hundreds were injured following a crowd surge during the Houston festival, the Toronto rapper has issued a statement via Instagram.
“I’ve spent the past few days trying to wrap my mind around this devastating tragedy,” he wrote on Monday night. “I hate resorting to this platform to express an emotion as delicate as grief but this is where I find myself. My heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and for anyone who is suffering. I will continue to pray for all of them, and will be of service in any way I can. May God be with you all.”
Drake joined Scott on stage as a special guest during Friday’s performance at Houston’s NRG Park.
On Saturday, Scott released his own statement. “I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night,” he wrote. “My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival.”
“Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life,” he continued. “I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for their immediate response and support. Love You All.”
— TRAVIS SCOTT (@TRVISXX) NOVEMBER 6, 2021
In a later video, he said he’s been “working closely with everyone to just try to get to the bottom of this,” including the city of Houston and the Houston Police Department.
“I’m honestly just devastated,” added Scott. “I could never imagine anything like this happening.”
#TRAVISSCOTT SPEAKS ON LAST NIGHTS TRAGIC EVENTS AT THE ASTROWORLD FESTIVAL. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS CONTINUE TO BE WITH THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES. 🙏 @TRVISXX PIC.TWITTER.COM/9MESGEBWAG
— WORLDSTARHIPHOP (@WORLDSTAR) NOVEMBER 7, 2021
Both Drake and Scott are facing lawsuits, including one from the family of a 9-year-old victim who was “trampled nearly to death” during the concert. Scott has vowed to cover funeral costs for those who died and will refund tickets for all attendees.
He has also pulled out of this weekend’s Day N Vegas festival and been replaced with Post Malone.
— DAY N VEGAS (@DAYNVEGAS2021) NOVEMBER 9, 2021