T-Pain Insists He Still Loves and Respects Usher Despite Harsh Criticisms Over Auto-Tune Use

The ‘5 O’Clock’ star plays down his previous claims that he fell into depression after being accused by friend and fellow artist Usher of ruining music with his auto-tune use.

AceShowbiz -Hip-hop star T-Pain has played down remarks suggesting a critical comment from Usher sparked a four-year battle with depression, insisting he still has “love and respect” for the singer.

The “Buy U a Drank” hitmaker hit headlines this week (begs21Jun21) after recalling an encounter with Usher back in 2013, when he called out T-Pain’s extensive use of Auto-Tune and blamed him for wrecking the music industry for talented vocalists.

In new Netflix docuseries “This Is Pop“, T-Pain shared, “I really respect Usher. And he said, ‘I’m gonna tell you something, man. You kinda f**ked up music.’ “

“And then he was like, ‘Yeah, man, you really f**ked up music for real singers.’ I was like, ‘What did I do? I came out and I used Auto-Tune.’ “

“He was like, ‘Yeah, you f**ked it up.’ I’m like, ‘But I used it, I didn’t tell everybody else to start using it (sic).’ “

The cutting comments hit T-Pain hard and sent him spiralling into a long period of depression.

“That is the very moment, and I don’t even think I realised this for a long time, but that’s the very moment that started a four-year depression for me,” he confessed.

T-Pain’s story went viral on Tuesday but now he’s taken to Twitter to clarify the situation, insisting it’s been blown out of proportion.

In a new tweet, the star explained Usher’s negative feedback came as a shock, but he was already dealing with personal issues, which combined, really took a toll on his mental health.

“I still love and respect @Usher telling that story was in no way meant to disrespect that man,” he wrote on Tuesday afternoon. “Ppl (people) talk s**t about me 24/7 but when it comes from someone you truly respect it hits very different.”

“I never said f**k Ursh,” he continued. “It was a drop in the ocean of s**t I was already goin through (sic).”

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