Morgan Wallen

Morgan Wallen on Owning His Mistakes: ‘I Should Have Been More Aware’

Morgan Wallen
PHOTO CREDIT: JOHN SHEARER

With his career now in the stratosphere, Morgan Wallen admits he’s been learning a lot lately about stardom.

The lessons have been small, such as finding out he can no longer go to the supermarket without being swarmed by fans. And they’ve been seismic, such as getting booted from a coveted Saturday Night Live spot after online videos showed him defying COVID-19 protocols.

“I guess that’s when I truly figured out that things are different now,” Wallen tells PEOPLE about his very public wakeup call back in October. “That was the moment for me. I knew that I was becoming more and more popular, but I didn’t realize it was to that extent.”

If the 27-year-old east Tennessean needs any more proof, he has only to look at the smashing success of his just-released sophomore album, Dangerous. It debuted this week at the top of Billboard’s all-genre album chart, bumping Taylor Swift’s Evermore, and it’s shattered the country streaming records set last year by Luke Combs (whom Wallen opened for on Combs’ last tour).

As for the lives he could have endangered by such intimate interactions during a pandemic, Wallen — who has never tested positive for COVID- 19 — is still a bit circumspect. “

I’m not a malicious person, just kind of….” he trails off before adding, “I should have been more aware.'”

Read the full article online at People.com

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