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Ne-Yo has passionately insisted he will ‘not be bullied into apologising’ following the remarks he made on gender identity.

In a recent interview, the Miss Independent singer, 43, made divisive comments about parents who support their children when their kids share their desire to gender transition.

The father-of-seven said at the time: ‘I feel like the parents have almost forgotten what the role of a parent is.

‘If your little boy comes up to you and says, “Daddy I wanna be a girl,” you just let him rock with that?”’

The Closer hitmaker – real name Shaffer Chimere Smith – continued : ‘Like, when did it become a good idea to let a five-year-old, a six-year-old, a 12-year-old, make a life-changing decision? When did that happen? Like, I don’t understand that.’

In a statement shared on Twitter (the social media platform now renamed to ‘X’), the musician apologised for any offence he might have caused.

I’d like to express my deepest apologies…

However, in his latest Instagram post the singer explained he wanted people this his side from ‘the horse’s mouth and not the publicist’s computer.’

‘First and foremost, I do not apologise for having an opinion on this matter,’ he began.

‘I’m a 43-year-old heterosexual man raising five boys and two girls. That’s my reality. If my opinion offended somebody then yeah sure I apologise because that wasn’t my intention isn’t to offend anybody.’

He added: ‘However, I am entitled to feel how I feel. I have no beef with the LGBTQIA+ community whatsoever. Do what you want to do with your kids.

Ne-Yo has seven children, including Madilyn, 12, and Mason, 11, who he shared with his former fiancée Monyetta Shaw.

The musician has three children with his ex-wife Crystal Renay: Shaffer Jr., seven, Roman, five, and Isabella, two.

He also has Braiden, two, and Brixton, six months, with his ex-girlfriend Sade Jenea.

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