Remember the solar eclipse in 2017? One of the most bizarre celeb stories around the event was Joey Bada$$ refusing to wear sunglasses and then backing out of his tour with Logic. Now, he's claiming it was all a stunt.
Joey Bada$$ is known for always moving to the beat of his own drum regardless of what outsiders think. Back in Aug. 2017 when the moon covered the sun for a total eclipse, Joey spoke out against safety precautions and revealed he wasn't going to use sunglasses to watch.
"Am I crazy for watching the eclipse today with no glasses? I've sungazed before and afterwards saw colors for a whoel day. I didn't die though."
The very next day, Joey posted that he was going to be canceling several big dates of his tour with Logic "due to unforeseen circumstances."
This led many fans to guess the Brooklyn rapper had been harmed in some way from staring at the sun without proper eyewear.
Nearly five years later, Joey is setting the record straight on the infamous situation. The 27-year-old tweeted he never had any eye damage from the solar eclipse despite playing along with the narrative at the time.
"I just really wanted an excuse to be off the Logic tour," Joey wrote. "Blogs literally created a story and I went with it because it was convenient for me at the time."
He explained, "It taught me a valuable lesson, whatever the media puts out in unison, people will simply believe. Even if the source isn't validated."
Joey added there are no hard feelings toward Logic but "the tour just wasn't serving me well at the time."
Earlier that year, Joey had dropped his 'All-Amerikkkan Badass' album,' which debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Joey was set to drop his new album '2000' – the follow-up to his breakout '1999' mixtape – on Friday, June 17th, though the release was delayed due to sample clearance issues.
Still, he's got a fresh song with Chance The Rapper called "The Highs & The Lows" that just arrived that's making fans smile.