Following the death of his ex-girlfriend Naya Rivera earlier this year, rapper Big Sean has expressed regret over his song “IDFWU”, which was released following the pair’s break-up in April 2014.
Speaking to Vulture about his upcoming album Detroit 2, the rapper was asked about his previous relationship with the late Glee star, as well as if he felt any “regret” in regards to his 2015 single, which many had taken to be a diss at Rivera following the pair breaking off their engagement.
“That’s a tough question to answer because I’m still processing a lot of that,” Big Sean admitted to the publication. “I don’t feel comfortable talking about it because I want to respect her.
“She’s made such an impact on people, and she’s done so many great things in her life and her career that it was hurtful to even have that [song] be associated with her,” Big Sean admitted.
“It wasn’t a diss to her. I truly made the song and played it for her. She knew about it, and she liked it.”
He added that he and Rivera had moved on from any ill feelings toward one another, and said he would have “never made the song” had he known the tragic fate of his former fiancée.
“We had a breakup that was very public, and we were young and we forgave each other and moved on from that. If I would have known something this tragic would have happened, I would have never made the song,” he added.
Following Rivera’s death, Big Sean shared his devastation over the loss on Instagram, writing:
“Rest In Peace Naya, God Bless your Soul! Thank you for blessing us all with your talent and presence. you are a hero! Not just because of how you saved your son, also because of the barriers you knocked down for so many people to make them feel confident in themselves and to stand tall and be proud when they couldn’t achieve that on their own.”
He continued, “I appreciate and cherish everything that ever happened between us for making me wiser and a better person. I’m still grieving and in shock, I can’t believe this is real. I’m praying for you and your family and I know your watching over them and protecting them. Rest In Peace Naya.”
Naya Rivera tragically passed away in July after she and her 4-year-old son Josey rented a boat on Lake Piru, with police believing the star drowned in the lake while saving her son. The actress was 33-years-old.