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Updated on Sep 5, 2020. Posted on Sep 2, 2020

Big Sean Said He "Would Never Have Made" That Song About Naya Rivera If He'd Known She'd Die So Tragically

"If I would have known something this tragic would have happened, I would have never made the song."

Big Sean just opened up about the song he released after breaking up with Naya Rivera, explaining that it wasn't actually a "diss track" despite it being labelled as such.

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The pair began dating back in 2013 and were even engaged before breaking up the following year. A couple of months later, Sean dropped the single "IDFWU", which was widely suspected to be about his ex-fiancée.

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Naya appeared to take the song in her stride though, performing it as Big Sean in an appearance on Lip Sync Battle back in 2018.

But when asked about the song in a recent interview with Vulture, the rapper said it wasn't a diss track and expressed regret over the "hurtful" song ever being associated with Naya.

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"I'm still processing a lot of that," Sean said when asked about the track. "I don't feel comfortable talking about it because I want to respect her."

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He continued: "She's made such an impact on people, and she's done so many great things in her life and her career that it was hurtful to even have that [song] be associated with her."

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"It wasn't a diss to her," the rapper added. "I truly made the song and played it for her. She knew about it, and she liked it. We had a breakup that was very public, and we were young and we forgave each other and moved on from that."

He finished: "If I would have known something this tragic would have happened, I would have never made the song."

Naya addressed the song herself back in her 2016 memoir Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up, claiming that she had "begged" Sean not to make the song about a relationship because of the attention that their breakup had already received.

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"My one request was that he not put my name in shit," Naya wrote. "'Do not write songs about me,' I begged, 'Because people are already going to assume you're talking about me, so just downplay it as much as possible.' He promised me that he would never do that and assured me that he was not that kind of person."

"At this point, I'd heard the beginnings of 'I Don't Fuck With You' which was just a beat and a chorus," she continued. "I was a fan of it, but I had to bring it up: 'Please don't make the lyrics about a relationship.' He was aghast that I would even suggest such a thing."

Sean's comments come after Naya tragically died in an incident at a California lake earlier this summer.

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The Glee actor was first reported missing from a boat she rented with her 4-year-old son back in July. After a five-day recovery mission, her body was found in Lake Piru and an autopsy confirmed the cause of death as "accidental drowning". She was 33.

Sean was one of many to post tributes to the late star, writing at the time: "Rest In Peace Naya, God Bless your Soul!"

You can read Big Sean's full Vulture interview here.

Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

Contact Ben Henry at ben.henry@buzzfeed.com.

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