Offset speaks out after fans blast him over Cardi B onstage apology 'stunt'
A little under two weeks ago, Cardi B announced that she was splitting from her husband, Offset, following an affair he had with another woman.
"So, everybody been bugging me and everything," she explained in a video on Instagram. "And you know, I been trying to work things out with my baby father for a hot minute now."
"We're really good friends and you know we're really good business partners and you know, he's always somebody that I run to, to talk to and we got a lot of love for each other, but things just haven't been working out between us for a long time.
"And it's nobody's fault. It's just like I guess we grew out of love. But we're not together anymore. I don't know it might take time to get a divorce. And I'm going to always have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter's father and yeah."
As cordial as that may have sounded at the time, however, things have only gone downhill since then.
In the weeks following, Offset posted a number of things on social media saying how cut up he was about losing his wife, with the most blatant one simply saying, in all caps, "F**K YALL I MISS CARDI". This all culminated this weekend, when Offset stormed the stage while Cardi was mid-performance at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.
Armed with a microphone and followed by a small crew, the 27-year-old dumpee said, "I just want to tell you I’m sorry bruh. In person. In front of the world."
Behind him, his crew set up a banner made of red and white roses that said, 'TAKE ME BACK CARDI'. (Talk about intense).
Needless to say, Cardi did not look impressed.
But Offset doesn't seem to have got the hint yet. Later on, he took to Twitter to defend his actions, and insisted - contrary to what Cardi's fans had claimed - that what he did was not a publicity stunt.
"All of my wrongs have been made public, i figure It’s only right that my apologies are made public too," he wrote. "A n**** was just trying .....thank god I ain’t got no balloons sheeesh."
However, critics pointed out that Offset has an album out soon, and this was the perfect opportunity to get some attention.
More than that, though, others spoke about how aggressive the rapper's behaviour has been towards Cardi.
"Offset is displaying manipulative and abusive behavior towards Cardi B," said one person. "He’s doing this in front of a crowd and gaslighting the reasons she made her decision to leave bc of HIS behavior. My goodness."
Tariq Cherif, the co-founder of Rolling Loud, where Cardi was performing this weekend, said that he nor anyone else working the event had anything to do with what happened.
"Headliners and their teams have full control of the stage and who is allowed on it during their set at Rolling Loud," he said. "The festival does not interfere with or influence a headliner’s set list. We have never and will never do anything to change a headliner’s set."
So, Offset must have put in a lot of work to get up on that stage in the way he did, and that seems an awful lot like a publicity stunt - don't you think?