DaBaby Continues Apology Tour as He Desperately Tries to Resurrect Career

DaBaby is continuing his apology tour, as the rapper met with a number of HIV organizations amid the fallout of his homophobic comment controversy.

The "Masterpiece" rapper—whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk—joined leaders from nine advocacy groups in a virtual, private meeting to discuss HIV facts and share personal stories of living and thriving with HIV.

The groups present at the meeting were; Black AIDS Institute, Gilead Sciences COMPASS Initiative Coordinating Centers, GLAAD, National Minority AIDS Council, The Normal Anomaly Initiative, Positive Women's Network-USA, Prevention Access Campaign, the Southern AIDS Coalition and Transinclusive Group.

The 29-year-old was reportedly "genuinely engaged, apologized for the inaccurate and hurtful comments he made about people living with HIV, and received our personal stories and the truth about HIV and its impact on Black and LGBTQ communities with deep respect," leaders from the groups have said in a joint statement.

They added: "We appreciate that he openly and eagerly participated in this forum of Black people living with HIV, which provided him an opportunity to learn and to receive accurate information."

The meeting came about after the above organizations sent an open letter to DaBaby in July following his offensive comments about gay people and people living with HIV at the Rolling Loud festival.

"At a time when HIV continues to disproportionately impact Black Americans and queer and transgender people of color, a dialogue is critical," the HIV advocates wrote in the letter. "We must address the miseducation about HIV expressed in your comments, and the impact it has on various communities."

As of August 26 last week, 125 organizations had signed on to support the open letter to DaBaby.

Following their meeting, the leaders of the groups involved said that their goal was to "Call him in instead of calling him out."

They added in the joint statement: "We appreciate that he openly and eagerly participated in this forum of Black people living with HIV, which provided him an opportunity to learn and to receive accurate information."

The groups said that they now wish for him to "use his platform to relay that critical information to his fanbase and encourage people to get tested and know their status" and to understand and help others understand a fundamental fact about HIV: "HIV is preventable and when treated properly, cannot be passed on."

Newsweek has contacted representatives for DaBaby for comment.

The move by rapper is his latest attempt to salvage his career after being widely condemned and dropped from multiple festival line ups due to the offensive comments he made.

DaBaby made more headlines in recent days after he joined Kanye West and Marilyn Manson on stage for the final Donda Listening Experience.

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DaBaby is seen backstage during Hot 97 Summer Jam 2021 at Met Life Stadium on August 22, 2021, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Johnny Nunez/Getty/WireImage