ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage said in an interview aired Friday that he didn't talk about his British citizenship before because he didn't want to get deported.
Rapper 21 Savage sat down with "Good Morning America" for his first interview one day after he was released on bond from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody on Wednesday. The rapper, whose full name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was asked by ABC News' Linsey Davis if he's concerned that he could be deported. ICE spokesman Bryan Cox told ABC News in a phone interview on Thursday ICE doesn't adjudicate cases and that the decision to release the rapper on bond is in the hands of the immigration courts.
Noticeably missing, however, was his collaborator 21 Savage, who wasarrested on Feb. 3 by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as authorities claimed 21 Savage, 26, is actually a citizen of the United Kingdom and had overstayed his visa. Earlier in the day, 21 Savage’s co-manager tweeted that the Grammys wouldn’t release his client’s tickets to his mom to go on his behalf amid his incarceration.
21 Savage, whose name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested on Sunday in Atlanta, the southern U.S. city in which he has based his music career. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say he is a British citizen who came to the United States from the United Kingdom in 2005 and is "unlawfully present" in the United States. An official copy of a birth certificate obtained from a London registry office showed a boy named Sheyaa Bin Abraham was born on Oct. 22, 1992 at Newham Hospital in east London to Kevin Emmons, a sales assistant, and Heather Joseph.
The congresswoman got flak from many commenters who were unhappy that she was sticking up for someone who overstayed his visa.
Demi Lovato shut down her Twitter account Sunday after users piled on criticism of her laughing at memes about 21 Savage.
"His whole public persona is false. He actually came to the U.S. from the U.K. as a teen and overstayed his visa," ICE spokesperson says of Atlanta rapper
Following the backlash that 21 Savage received for his Jewish money lyric in "ASMR," Meek Mill took to Twitter to explain the nature of this type of commentary.