“I don’t think there’s ever really a reason,” Troye told Variety. “I just feel like some words are not meant for everyone, or for anyone. It’s not that hard to respect that, so I just hope that people do.”
The publication asked Troye if he would be about to forgive Eminem for the slurs. He responded it is only possible if the other person can recognise that their use of the word was unacceptable, and will stop using them in the future, especially in music.
“I would like to believe that people can grow and change,” he said. “I think that repeated behaviour is something that should be taken really seriously…I would love to believe that if the person showed enough genuine remorse and understanding of how they’ve hurt people and actively made strides to correct that — I would like to believe I can be fine with that person.”
Eminem has since addressed the backlash his new album has received.
“I think the word that I called him on that song was one of the things where I felt like this might be too far,” he said in an interview with Sway. “Because in my quest to hurt him, I realise that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it….It was one of the things that I kept going back to and going ‘I don’t feel right with this.’”