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Demi Lovato deletes Twitter after joking about 21 Savage arrest

'F*** Twitter. This is why I don’t tweet anymore,' the singer wrote 

Clarisse Loughrey
Monday 04 February 2019 08:12 GMT
Rapper 21 Savage arrested in US due to being UK citizen

Demi Lovato has deleted her Twitter account following backlash over her tweets on 21 Savage.

The rapper, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, is in custody and at risk of being deported after authorities claimed he is a UK national who has been living in the US illegally.

Lovato wrote on Twitter on Sunday, 3 February: “So far 21 savage memes have been my favorite part of the Super Bowl.”

Her comment drew immediate criticism, with Offset later posting a tweet that may have been referencing the “Confident” singer.


Lovato responded to the backlash, at first writing: “If you’re gonna come at me for making a joke, try coming at me with some original not involving drugs.” She then added: “F*** Twitter. This is why I don’t tweet anymore.”

She then shared one of the memes circulating about 21 Savage, which showed a hand writing on paper with a quill by candlelight, alongside the caption: “ This how 21 Savage be writing his verses.”

“FYI this is the s*** I’m laughing at... not the fact that anyone is getting deported,” Lovato wrote.

Lovato wrote on Instagram, “This break couldn’t last long enough tbh”, while sharing screenshots of comments that referenced her history of drug issues. The singer has been over six months sober following rehab treatment, after being taken to hospital for an apparent drug overdose last year.

“Wasn’t laughing at anyone getting deported. I know that’s not a joke... not have I EVER laughed at that,” she penned. “The meme I posted/was talking about was of him being writing with a feather pen. Sorry if I offended anyone. But it’s no excuse to laugh at someone’s addiction, let alone their OD.”

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US Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox says that 21 Savage was arrested in a targeted operation early Sunday in the Atlanta area. Cox says the rapper is a British citizen who entered the US legally in July 2005 but overstayed his visa, which expired in July 2006.

According to Cox, he was convicted on felony drug charges in Georgia in October 2014 and has been placed in deportation proceedings in federal immigration court.

His attorney Dina LaPolt told The Independent in a statement: “We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding.”

“Mr Abraham-Joseph is a role model to the young people in this country, especially in Atlanta, Georgia, and is actively working in the community-leading programs to help underprivileged youths in financial literacy.”​

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