Erykah Badu celebrated her 45th birthday with a bash at The Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum in 2016.

Erykah Badu celebrated her 45th birthday with a bash at The Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum in 2016.

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Erykah Badu took to Twitter on Thursday to defend statements made during an interview with Vulture magazine.

In the now-controversial interview that was published Wednesday, Jan. 24, Badu says, "I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler." When asked what that was, she said he was a "wonderful painter."

She also talked about Bill Cosby, who allegedly sexually assaulted dozens of women: "But if he's sick, why would I be angry with him? The people who got hurt, I feel so bad for them. I want them to feel better, too. But sick people do evil things; hurt people hurt people. I know I could be crucified for saying that, because I'm supposed to be on the purple team or the green team. I'm not trying to rebel against what everybody's saying, but maybe I want to measure it."

And she spoke of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has been labeled as anti-Semitic: "He single-handedly changed half of the Nation of Islam to clean eating, clean living, caring for their families. He has flaws -- like any man -- but I'm not responsible for that."

On Twitter, she wrote: "People are in real pain. So I understand why my 'good' intent was misconstrued as 'bad.' In trying to express a point, I used one of the worst examples possible." She went on to write that Hitler "psychopathic."

About the others? "I'm an observer who can see good things and bad things. If you say something good about someone, people think it means that you've chosen a side. But I don't choose sides. I see all sides simultaneously."

But some fans just had another, very real question: When will her next mix tape be released?

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