Rapper Big Sean is clearing the air about the intention behind his hit 2014 song, I Don't F*ck With You.
The 32-year-old recently told Vulture that he would have "never made" the profanity-laden song –thought to be aimed at his ex-fiancée Naya Rivera – had he known her life would come to such a tragic.
"That’s a tough question to answer because I'm still processing a lot of that," Sean said when asked if he regrets the track. "I don't feel comfortable talking about it because I want to respect her.
"She made such an impact on people, and she did so many great things in her life and her career that it was hurtful to even have that [song] be associated with her," he added.
The song "wasn’t a diss to her", he insisted, and he even played it for the Glee actress.
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"She knew about it, and she liked it," he said. "We had a breakup that was very public, and we were young and we forgave each other and moved on from that. If I would have known something this tragic would have happened, I would have never made the song."
Big Sean – whose real name is Sean Anderson – and Naya began dating in 2013 and were engaged later that same year before calling it quits in April 2014.
Following their acrimonious split Naya tweeted, and then deleted, a claim that Sean stole a watch from her house, which he denied. She later insinuated that had had cheated on her with Ariana Grande in her 2016 memoir, Sorry Not Sorry.
Three months after their split, she married Stumptown star Ryan Dorsey (37), on the same day she was due to marry Big Sean. The couple went on to have a son, Josey (now 4), but broke up and finalised their divorce in 2018.
Naya accidentally drowned in July while boating with Josey at Lake Piru in Ventura County, California. Her body was recovered from the lake on 13 July, five days after she went missing.
Officials believe Naya rescued her young son, hoisting him back onto their boat, but was unable to save herself.
Sean shared a moving tribute to his ex-fiancée a few days after her death was confirmed, saying that he was still "grieving and in shock."
"Rest in peace Naya, God bless your soul! Thank you for blessing us all with your talent and presence," he wrote on Instagram, calling the actress a "hero."