Jussie Smollett Makes Rare Appearance at the 2022 BET Awards

In addition to announcing that new music is on the way “very soon,” Smollett shared a message to his supporters who have stood by him throughout his legal drama.

He told the outlet, “I just tell them with all of my heart, just to say thank you.” “They didn’t waver. They didn’t cross the border and that is why I will always be grateful to them. That’s something that I take very seriously.  

He added, “My friends and family, the real ones, support, it’s just, that’s all…If you never get to meet me in person, please know I have a hug in my heart. I really, truly mean it.”  

Back in March, Smollett was sentenced to 150 days in prison plus 30 months of probation for filing a false police report after telling investigators that he was the victim of an alleged 2019 hate crime. After his lawyer appealed his conviction, Smollett was released from jail just six days into his sentence.