Addiction is a complex disease. As a result, Lil Nas X’s father, Robert Stafford, is defending his son from tolls attacking him over his mother’s struggles.

On Thursday, Stafford took control of the narrative surrounding his son by hailing Lil Nas X as the “greatest kid a parent can be BLESSED with.” He then sheds light on X’s mother’s battle with addiction and how this fight doesn’t mean Stafford or his son loves her less.

Although his mom is in a struggle with an addiction she’s STILL a QUEEN and he goes through great lengths to make sure we’re taking [sic] care of,” Stafford captioned a picture of himself, Lil Nas X, and Nas’s mother. “Those who have family members and friends dealing with addiction understands that there ain’t enough money you can throw at this situation to make it right.”

Earlier this week, a video surfaced claiming to show Lil Nas X’s mother on an Atlanta corner begging for food and money. This prompted critics to slam Lil Nas X for seemingly withholding his fame and fortune from his mother

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