Earlier this month, Quincy Jones broke the internet with a pair interviews with GQ and Vulture. The conversations found him telling all manner wild tales, ranging from how he thought the Beatles were awful musicians to how he had 22 different girlfriends. Now, the legendary producer has apologized for some his more controversial takes that were published.
In a statement posted to social media today, Jones wrote that “even at 85, it’s apparent that ‘wordvomit’ & bad-mouthing is inexcusable.” He wrote that his six daughters had taken him aside after the interviews were published for “a surprise ‘family intervention.'”
“One the hardest things about this situation is that, this bad-mouthing has contradicted the very real messages I tried to relay about racism, inequality, homophobia, poverty…you name it,” Jones wrote. “And course I don’t want that. I have already reached out to my friends privately, but when you live a public life, you have a responsibility to be an example, & since I do lead a public life, I wanted to make a public apology.”
He continued, “I’m sorry to anyone whom my words fended & I’m especially sorry to my friends who are still here with me & those who aren’t. I encourage you all to please grow with me & keep on keepin’ on. Love, an 85 year old bow-legged man who is still learning from his mistakes.”
You can read Jones’ complete statement below.