Morgan Wallen is holidaying in Mexico after recently going on live TV to apology for using a racist slur earlier this year.
The disgraced country star, 28, looked like he didn’t have a care in the world on the golf greens in Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday, smiling as he rode around with a companion in a small golf cart.
He wore a hot pink baseball cap and Hawaiian-style Polo shirt in shades of white and navy blue.
Last Friday, Wallen sat down for an interview with Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan in an attempt to repair his image.
Smiling: Morgan Wallen looked like he hadn’t a care in the world on Wednesday, when he was seen enjoying the golf greens on a course in Puerto Vallarta
Carting along: The embattled country star, 28, wore a hot pink baseball cap and Hawaiian-style Polo shirt in shades of white and navy blue
He revealed that he checked himself into rehab to ‘find out if he had a drinking problem’ after being caught on tape drunkenly calling a friend the N-word earlier this year.
The singer was banned by music awards and boycotted by the industry in February after video emerged of him yelling to a friend’s girlfriend to ‘take care of this n****r’. It’s unclear if the friend in question is black or white.
After the scandal, Wallen was banned by 1,500 radio stations, suspended by his record label, boycotted by awards shows but his album sales soared.
Apology tour: Wallen sat down with Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan on Friday, and said that he made the comment ‘ignorantly’ and ‘playfully’ while ‘partying hard’ with friends who were visiting him at his home in Nashville
Wallen said that he made the comment ‘ignorantly’ and ‘playfully’ while ‘partying hard’ with friends who were visiting him at his home in Nashville.
‘I had some long time friends in town and we had been partying all weekend. We just figured we’d go hard. I was around some of my friends and we say dumb stuff together… in our minds it’s playful.
‘It sounds ignorant to say but it’s really where it came from… I wouldn’t say [I say it] frequently. It was just around this certain group of friends. We were all clearly drunk and I was asking his girlfriend to take care of him.’
There it is: Morgan’s mullet trailed out from underneath his hat down his neck
‘I wasn’t meaning it in a derogatory way at all,’ he said.
The video appears to have been filmed by a neighbor. It was given to the media in February and Wallen was banned from country music awards and slammed by others in the industry.
Afterwards, Wallen said he spent 30 days in a San Diego rehab facility.
‘I went and checked myself into rehab for 30 days. I spent some time out in San Diego just trying to figure out if I have an alcohol problem or a deeper issue.’
The scandal only boosted his career.
Taking a moment on his phone: The Sneedville, Tennessee-born singer rode around in a golf cart and selected various clubs for play
His album sales soared afterwards which many said proved racism was prevalent among country music singers and fans.
Wallen said he and his manager calculated that the scandal boosted his album sales by $500,000 and that he donated the money to black organizations.
He also said he’d had ‘meaningful’ conversations with such organizations to understand the issue.
Strahan asked him whether or not he understood properly the background of the slur, or why it was so painful.
‘It’s a word… I’ve been called it. It makes you mad, angry – not good at all.
‘Do you understand why it makes black people so upset?’ he asked, adding that it was used by slave owners and often abusers before beating or murdering black people in hate crimes.
Golfing in paradise: Morgan seemed to be in good spirits, smiling as he stood alongside other golfers
Out and about: The sighting comes after it was announced that Wallen recently sold the condominium he owned in Nashville where he was caught on film this past February using a racial slur
‘I don’t know how to put myself in their shoes… and I do understand it must sound like I don’t understand when I say I used it playfully and am ignorant,’ he said.
Asked if he thinks there is a racism problem in the country music industry, he said: ‘It would seem that way. I haven’t really thought about that.’
After the video emerged, Wallen was suspended by his recording label and he was banned from music industry events but the sales of his album soared.
1500 radio stations dropped his music.
‘Before this incident my album was already doing well but me and my team noticed there was a spike in my sales. We tried to calculate what the number of how much it spiked, from this incident, and we got to a number of $500,000 and we decided to donate that to some organizations,’ he said.
Wallen, in the aftermath of the scandal in February, released an apology video and told his fans not to defend him.
It was recently revealed that Wallen has just sold the condominium he owned in Nashville where he was caught using the racial slur.
The father of one completed the sale of the four bedroom, three bathroom townhouse in early July, netting $835K, according to TMZ.
Seen of the slur: The father of one completed the sale of the four bedroom, three bathroom townhouse in early July, netting $835K, according to TMZ