American rapper Travis Scott has finally spoken on the Friday night tragedy at the Astroworld Festival in Houston, where at least eight people died.
Speaking on Saturday night, Travis Scott gave his first on-camera statement in a video posted to his Instagram account.
Repeatedly sighing and rubbing his forehead, Scott said, “I’m honestly just devastated.” “We’re actually working right now to identify the families so we can help assist them through this tough time,” he continued.
Organizers of the 2021 Astroworld Festival have come under fire for continuing the show as unresponsive people were given CPR and carried away. However, Scott noted that he had no idea how severe things had gotten. “Any time I could make out, you know, anything that’s going on, you know, I just stopped my show and, you know, helped them get the help they need.”
However, videos from the concert’s live stream showed Scott pausing his performance and looking on in confusion as an ambulance pulled into the crowd before finishing the concert.
While the cause of deaths is yet to be determined, officials are yet to release the victims’ identities.
“Our hearts are with the Astroworld festival family tonight — especially those we lost and their loved ones,” Astroworld organizers said in a statement Saturday. “We are focused on supporting local officials however we can.”
Responding to the tragedy, Scott’s girlfriend Kylie Jenner in a statement on her Instagram said “Travis and I are broken and devastated. My thoughts and prayers are with all who lost their lives, were injured or affected in anyway by yesterday’s events.”
I want to make it clear we weren’t aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show and in no world would have continued filming or performing.”
“I am sending my deepest condolences to all the families during this difficult time and will be praying for the healing of everyone who has been impacted.”
A Houston native, Scott has performed multiple philanthropic projects in the community to provide resources to the city youth. The third annual festival, named after Tavis Scott’s 2018 Album Astroworld, is part of a week-long charitable activities where Scott and partners unveiled several education and park beautification projects.
“My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival,” Scott tweeted Saturday. “Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life.”