Christian artist and producer GAWVI has been dropped by his label, Reach, and from an upcoming tour in light of a developing scandal involving his allegedly sending unsolicited sexually explicit photos to women earlier this year.
"Due to behavior that is inconsistent with our core values, we have ended our professional relationship with GAWVI," Reach Records said in a statement Monday afternoon. "This was a tough decision for us because of the level of complexity and because we invest in our artists not just for their talent, but also as brothers and sisters in Christ. This is something we have been processing for over a year and have wrestled with what would be the right way forward. New details that were provided made us realize today's decision was necessary."
After weeks of silence, GAWVI has responded to the alllegations. "A few years ago, my marriage began to fall apart. Instead of leaning on God and facing the situation, I acted outside of the boundaries of my marriage. I began communicating and exchanging inappropriate photos with several women on social media.
"Even though I never met any of these women in person, it was inexcusable and wrong," GAWVI added. "I regret these mistakes, I take full accountability, and I apologize to everyone I've hurt by my actions. Now as I continue to reflect and wrestle with the choices I've made, I accept that God may continue to use this period of my life to show me things that I have needed to learn, so I can become the man he has called me to be."
GAWVI said he will continue to "work" on himself, "grow in faith" and "continue to be present" in his children's lives. He vowed to reconnect with his fans in the coming weeks and thanked them for their support.
Following her ex-husband's post, Azucena shared, "I have kept my silence for years in order to protect my family and marriage. I have been focusing on my healing but I no longer want to sit back as the dishonesty continues. The lack of full ownership and true apology has been extremely hard to stomach.
"I was in a marriage where I fought for it with every ounce of me. Was I perfect? Absolutely not. What was done in my marriage I did not deserve," she commented. "This goes beyond explicit photos being sent all throughout our marriage. This is about infidelity, emotional abuse, and more."
Azucena said she was "emotionally abused, told that it was my fault." She claimed he "manipulated scriptures to put blame on me for his cheating and the cause of his sin. I was really in a broken place and I victimized myself so I would apologize repeatedly to him for causing him to cheat."
She shared that in 2020, the artist "began an affair" with someone with whom he worked. Azucena said she told GAWVI she was uncomfortable with the relationship, yet he remains "in a romantic relationship" with that person.
"This has been exhausting and a false narrative continues to be communicated," she wrote. "I'll continue on my healing journey and part of healing is the whole truth. Even when the truth hurts it's necessary for genuine healing to begin for all who are involved."