The British singer said he was “simply larking about pre show.”
Rod Stewart apologized Friday after a video of him staging a mock beheading in the Abu Dhabi desert — which many thought was evocative of ISIS executions — drew outrage.
In a statement on Twitter, the British singer said he was actually mimicking Game of Thrones.
“From re-enacting The Beatles Abbey Road crossing to spontaneously playing out Game Of Thrones, we were simply larking about pre show. Understandably this has been misinterpreted and I send my deepest apologies to those who have been offended,” he said.
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The video, which Stewart’s wife, Penny Lancaster, posted on Instagram and later deleted, still remains online.