Mickey Guyton says that the backlash she received for speaking out against country star Morgan Wallen using the “N-word” triggered her to go into early labor.
In February, Wallen was caught on camera shouting expletives and even using the “N-word.” He later issued an apology. In reaction to the video, Wallen was suspended by his label, Big Loud Records, and removed from iHeartMedia and Entercom radio stations as well as CMT.
Grayson Clark Savoy, Mickey’s son with husband Grant Savoy, was born on February 8, a few days after the Wallen controversy.
In a series of tweets, Mickey condemned Morgan’s use of the word and recently shared that she received “vile comments” on social media in response.
“The hate that I got after I called it out, it was really bad. It caused me to go into early labor,” Mickey told Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet at the 2021 Grammy Awards. “The day before I gave birth, I was literally in bed clinging to my mom and my husband because of how horrible it was.”
Mickey was the first Black solo female artist nominated for Best Country Solo Performance at this year’s Grammy for her single, “Black Like Me.”
She added that she is working to make the world a safer and more accepting place for her son by using her voice to call out racism.
“I just want the world to be better for him so that he doesn’t have to go through what I went through and what many of us go through,” she explained. “The pain that we’ve gone through, I don’t want him to have to go through that. So I’m going to fight for that.”
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