Travis Scott has opened up about the ‘devastation’ he felt around the Astroworld tragedy.
In November, 2021, 10 concertgoers died and many more were injured when a crowd surged forward as the Sicko Mode rapper took to the stage at his festival in Houston.
Hundreds of lawsuits were filed against the 32-year-old, as well as promoters Live Nation and others involved in the event – but it was later ruled that he would not be indicted, and that ‘no single individual was criminally responsible’ for the tragedy.
Speaking in a new interview, he revealed that he wasn’t in a good place after the ordeal, and has been through ‘rough moments’ in the aftermath.
‘Making music, you think about things that go on in life and things that happen in your life, and you dial in on things,’ he told GQ. ‘That moment for families, for the city, it was devastating. And when it came to making, like even finishing the album…I got back into it probably like, I don’t know, months and months and months after.’
When asked if he was not in a good place at the time, Scott – who shares two children with Kylie Jenner – continued: ‘Nah, not at all. I mean I was just overly devastated.
‘It has its moments where it gets rough and…yeah. You just feel for those people. And their families.
‘I always think about it. Those fans were like my family. I love my fans to the utmost.’
Scott put his energy back into music after the tragedy, and referred to the Astroworld ordeal in the lyrics of My Eyes, on his Utopia album.
Discussing what he wants listeners to take away from the track, he added: ‘To know I have pain too. I have concerns, things that I think about, and the things I see on a day-to-day basis I think about them. And every day I want to find change in the things, to make things better, make myself better. It’s just like: I go through things like everyone else. And even recently through something like I never could imagine.’
On November 5, 2021, more than 50,000 people were in attendance at Scott’s Astroworld Festival when the night ended in tragedy.
The Grammy-winner broke his silence on the ordeal in a conversation with Charlamagne Tha God, and insisted that he didn’t hear the crowd in distress while performing.
‘Anytime you can hear something like that, you want to stop the show,’ the dad-of-two said. ‘You want to make sure fans get the proper attention they need. Anytime I could see anything like that, I did.
‘You can only help what you can see and whatever you’re told. Whenever somebody tells you to stop, you stop.
‘They told me right after the guest gets off stage, we’re going to end the show.
‘That’s what we did. Other than that, there was no other communication.’
In June, a grand jury in Texas ruled that he will not be indicted over the incident, and that ‘no single individual was criminally responsible’.
‘Travis Scott and his team have nothing to hide and are cooperating with all ongoing civil legal proceedings,’ his rep told Rolling Stone in a statement.
‘His actions during and after the festival demonstrate that he has done nothing wrong, as does the fact that he and his team were cleared following the investigation by the Houston Police Department.’
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