Rapper Travis Scott has broken his silence on the tragic deaths that occurred at his Astroworld festival in 2021.

Ten people died and hundreds of others were injured at the concert in Houston, Texas, after the crowd surged towards the stage.

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In his first interview about the tragedy, Scott said he was “overly devastated” by the loss of life.

“I always think about it,” he told GQ magazine, external. “Those fans were like my family. You know, I love my fans to the utmost.”

He continued: “It has its moments where it gets rough and…yeah. You just feel for those people. And their families.”

Thousands were injured at the concert on 5 November 2021 when panic broke out as the over-capacity crowd pressed towards the front of the stage during Scott’s headline performance.

Ten people, ranging in age from nine to 27, were killed by compressive asphyxiation.

Some audience members accused Scott and fellow rapper Drake of continuing to perform despite accounts of “lifeless bodies being passed through the crowd in full view of the stage”. Houston’s fire chief stated that Scott should have halted the show much earlier.

The star previously said he was not aware of the severity of the crush until he left the stage.

His only previous public statement about the tragedy came in the days following the concert, on his social media channels.

In a prepared statement, the star said he was “devastated” and vowed to give the Houston Police Department his “total support” as they investigated “the tragic loss of life”.

In an Instagram live, he added that he would have paused the concert if he had known how bad the situation had become in the audience.

“Anytime I can make out anything that’s going on, you know, I stop the show and you know, help them get the help they need. I could just never imagine the severity of the situation.”

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