Luke Combs Apologizes For Confederate Flag Use


Luke Combs apologized Wednesday for appearing in a 2015 music video filled with Confederate flags.

“There is no excuse for those images,” the 30-year-old country star said during a virtual Country Radio Seminar.

“As a younger man, that was an image that I associated to mean something else. And as I've grown in my time as an artist, and as the world has changed drastically … I am now aware how painful that image can be to someone else.”

Combs, a native of North Carolina, added: “I would never want to be associated with something that brings so much hurt to someone else … I apologize for being associated with that. Hate is not a part of my core values, and it's not something I consider a part of myself at all.”

Combs previously used Confederate flags in photos and appeared in country rapper Ryan Upchurch’s video for “Can I Get an Outlaw” with a Confederate decal on his guitar.

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“I'm here to learn,” said Combs, who this week was named to the 2021 TIME100 Next list. “I feel like I'm at this highly successful moment of my career, and I couldn't just sit back and not do anything.

“I know that I'm a very highly visible member of the country music community right now, and I want to use that position for good and to say that people can change, and people do want to change, and I'm one of those people trying.”

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