The man who became an Internet sensation, thanks to a viral video now known as #HurtBae, is speaking out to set the record straight.
After being dragged online for sitting in front of his ex-girlfriend on camera to confess that he cheated on her, Leonard Long III sat down for an interview to respond to the backlash and the newfound attention on both him and his ex-college sweetheart, Kourtney Jorge.
“I was definitely emotional. Just because it wasn’t written all over my face doesn’t mean I didn’t feel some type of way. That’s the way that I process the moment,” Long said to critics accusing him of not having remorse for the pain he caused his ex now dubbed #HurtBae.
Long also clarified that the cheating and demise of the relationship happened about three years ago, contrary to how things appeared. Jorge, he said, submitted them for a casting call for a couple that ended as a result of cheating. Though he admits he had his reservations, he ultimately agreed because he thought it would be good for closure.
“The fact that I hurt her… I can’t change that. But I can make sure that it doesn’t happen again,” said Long, who admits he did once love his ex. “I’m 23 years old. I’m a young man trying to navigate the world. I’m going to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes and live my life better… hold myself to a higher standard. I know I’m the most hated guy in America, but I swear I’ve changed. I would never want to put someone through that again.”
But if the intent of the interview was to show his remorse, Long quickly went rogue.
After the hosts pointed out that Jorge amassed more than 130,000 followers on Instagram (she currently has 280,000) since their viral video was published, Leonard seemed to suggest that Jorge did it for the fame.
“I’m proud of her. I hope she gets all that she can out of this,” he said. At the end of the interview, Long even jokingly recited the Kanye West lyric, “I made that b*tch famous.”
And at one point, he said, “People say they want the truth until they get it” and “everyone doesn’t cry at funerals.”
He added: “Men do their dirt and we have to be more responsible not getting caught. Women do too. They just happen to be experts at hiding.”
Watch the entire interview below.