Chris Young Speaks Out, Thanks Supporters Following ‘False Accusations’
Young revealed plans to release a surprise song as a thank you to his fans.
Photo Courtesy Chris Young, Instagram
The chart-topping country star took to social media to deliver a gratitude-filled message directly to his fans to thank those who supported him amid the baseless allegations against him.
Young Says He’s Still Processing The Events of the Past Week
“Hey guys, so I just wanted to say something. You know, I’m still processing a lot through the false accusations and everything that went on in the past week,” the 38-year-old began. “But I wanted to say first and foremost, thank you to everybody that had my back. It meant the world to me and I had so many friends and fans reach out and say ‘we got you, we don’t believe you did any of this.’ So it’s really nice to see the charges get dismissed.”
All Charges Dropped
Late Friday (Jan. 26), District Attorney General Glenn Funk announced that the charges against Chris Young had been dismissed following a comprehensive examination of the evidence.
“After a review of all the evidence in this case, the Office of the District Attorney has determined that these charges will be dismissed,” Funk said, according to Nashville’s WSMV.
Following the statement made by the D.A., Young’s attorney, Bill Ramsey, shared, “Mr. Young and I are gratified with the DA’s decision clearing him of the charges and any wrong-doing.”
Say He Doesn’t Wish This On Anybody
Young, who on Wednesday shared a photo of the bruises he sustained to his back in the incident, went on to admit, “It’s not something I wish anybody has to go through ever.”
Finding light in the darkness, Young said the overwhelming support he’s received has inspired him to release a new song from his forthcoming album ahead of its March 22 release.
“But, like I said, the bright spot was seeing just all the love and support. So what I wanted to do as a thank you to you guys – because this was not planned – is drop a new song from the album so you guys will have something to listen to,” he explained. “We’re going to put out ‘Double Down’ at midnight and I really hope you guys enjoy this one. Crank it up, enjoy it – I appreciate you, I love you, and thank you.”
The upcoming release of “Double Down” follows “Right Now,” a mid-tempo breakup ballad that highlights Young’s smooth vocals and storytelling abilities. The country star co-wrote the tune with Chris DeStefano and Josh Hoge.
Both tracks will appear on Young’s ninth studio album, Young Love & Saturday Nights. The 18-track collection also includes Young’s latest chart-climing single, the title track, “Young Love & Saturday Nights.”
“This is what this album felt like it needed to be for me,” he says of the highly annotated project. “It’s a little louder, a little more raw. Even the stripped-down songs are heavier. I love creating music and I love making it and the fact that I get to do that for a living is a pretty incredible thing.”
In celebration of the album’s release, Young will hit the road on his headlining Young Love & Saturday Nights 2024 Tour. The trek opens April 25 in Tulsa, OK and runs through May 18 where he will bring the tour to a close in Albuquerque, NM.
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