“I was mad and I am so sorry that I stooped down into that.”
Aja has issued a heartfelt apology to their fans and explained why they’ve been absent from social media.
In a statement on Instagram, the performer – who rose to prominence after their stint on RuPaul’s Drag Race season nine and All Stars 3 – said they made a “conscious” decision to eliminate “negative energies and habits” from their life.
“I am in a better place mentally, emotionally and spiritually,” they wrote. “2019 was not an easy year for me and anybody who was part of my team, my close friends and family all know that. This was a year of a lot of emotional and mental struggle.”
Aja said they want to apologise to fans on social media and to anyone close to them who have they “hurt or offended”.
“It is easy sometimes to for me to forget that in the end this is a business and my opinions and colloquialisms don’t always belong on display for others or for discussion,” they continued. “I lashed out on a lot of people that I do know and I don’t know.
“I was mad and I am so sorry that I stooped down into that.” Now, Aja aims to move forward with a positive attitude.
Aja revealed that drag is no longer their passion, although they love their Drag Race fans to “death” and admitted that fashion will always play a “pivotal role” in their art. “My passion has always been music so I will continue to make music,” said Aja.
“I will eventually start to create more fashion but I cannot promise that it will always be in a feminine presentation (Not that drag is femme-exclusive but some people seem to look at it that way). I am still an entertainer. An artist. A human.”
Aja concluded their post by saying they welcome anyone”to follow their journey, and for those who don’t, “I understand and appreciate you regardless.” Read Aja’s post in full below.
After Drag Race, Aja made their mark in the music industry with several rap-dance bops such as Brujeria, Level Ya Pussy Up and Ayo Sis. Earlier this year, they released their debut album Box Office, which featured artists such as Cupcakke and Shea Coulee.
When we interviewed Aja for the album, they told us: “At this point time in time, I don’t really look at myself as a drag performer, I prefer music. I’m not really invested in the art of drag, but more-so as a means of presentation.
“But, I do feel like for femininity in a genre like hip-hop and rap, it’s always going to be harder to get recognition or be backed by someone who’s big in that game. I feel like the best rappers, lyricists are the people who serve something different.”
They added: “I feel like 2019 is honestly just the beginning. I’m here to achieve my goals.”
Read our full interview with Aja here.