January 31st, 2010
07:42 PM ET

Akon on Tiger Woods: 'Every guy in America is going through that'

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Akon felt and looked like a proud papa on the Grammys red carpet, clad in denim and a Lady Gaga T-shirt.

"I’m looking forward to Gaga opening up; I'm very, very excited," Akon said. "Lady Gaga is the first lady of my record label, I’m more proud of her than anything. I helped guide her career, but she deserves it. It’s different watching someone work so hard, and see them reap the benefits of their hard work. I’m like a proud dad right now."

When CNN asked the rapper/singer about some of the bad press he's received in recent years, Akon said that it's just part of being successful.

"Everything that happens in your career on the way to success, it needs to happen for you to be successful ... you have to accept the good and the bad with it. If you don’t go through controversy, you can’t measure the amount of support you’ll get from the world," he explained. "Look at Tiger."

Yes, Akon. What about Mr. Woods?

"It's unfortunate, but I don’t see [any] guy in America that’s not going through that. I went through it. In general, we’re young, rich and we like to have fun. [But] it can be overexaggerated in certain areas," he said. "You’re human, you’re going to make mistakes, but you have to figure out how to make it right."

As for what Woods should do, Akon believes he should "just face the situation for what it is."

"You can't run from it," he said. "[Tiger] needs to make it right with his family before anything; it's something he has to do internally."

Filed under: Grammys

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Debra R

    Right...just what Tiger needs to class up his image...a pedophile standing up for him...what next Polansky and Bill Clinto giving him advice? Disgusting!

    February 1, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. craig

    Is this guy nuts? You have got to be kidding me! Sorry, but NOT every guy in America is going through this. Not the ones who have morals, are good people, and were raised properly.

    February 1, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mike H.

    I don't know what kinds of circles Akon runs around with, but to suggest that infidelity is something that every married man in America is going through is far from reality.

    I'm sick of weak-willed people (drug users, alcoholics, adulterers) attempting to include me in their net. Why can't we be honest and simply allow that Tiger Woods is not a very good man when it comes to marriage? Excuses don't cut it. Tiger Woods made the choice to engage in extramarital affairs. He didn't have to do so. He could have said no. That's what a real man would have done.

    Give me a break! When are we going to stop making excuses for pathetic behavior and hold people accountable for their own actions?

    February 1, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. BarryC

    Pathetic excuse for atrocious behaviour. He seems to think that you navigate bad behaviour rather than live with integrity.

    February 1, 2010 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Leanne Shepherd

    Affairs with multiple women are not overexaggerations. These people have blinders on to themselves, thinking that being young and rich equate to "fun" and that it happens to everyone. Not so! When your "fun" is at the expense of others, it is no longer "fun". There is a higher calling in life and it's obvious these people don't have a clue!

    January 31, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |

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