CeeLo Apologizes for Fake Exploding Cell Phone Video

The video had fans worried.

By Hayden Wright

A video clip of CeeLo surfaced over the weekend that depicted the musician revolving in a swivel chair, moments before a cell phone exploded in his face and jettisoned him to the ground, unconscious. Though the video went viral, CeeLo later appeared on Facebook to confirm what some suspected: The clip was a fake.

“I just wanna let everybody know that I am alive. I am well,” he said. “Truthfully, I’m really upset that anybody had to be emotionally disturbed by what they saw today.”

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Many fans (and media outlets) believed the video and feared for CeeLo’s life. 2016 was the year of the exploding-Samsung headline, so many presumed he was still using one of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 phones. But despite the legitimate shock and concern, it was just a publicity stunt to introduce a new musical alter-ego, “Gnarly Davidson.”

“It’s supposed to set up the new character identity, you know what I’m saying,” said Green.

“What you saw today was a clip from a smaller video that we were shooting for a new project I’m doing called ‘Gnarly Davidson.'”

Watch the original clip here—was CeeLo out-of-line?

Here’s his clarification:

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