Rapper and singer Shaggy has revealed the real meaning behind his hit 2000 song It Wasn’t Me.
The star, real name Orville Richard Burrell CD, 54, has told that there has been a misconception among his fans over the lyrics of the tune.
Many lovers of the song believed it to be about cheating but Shaggy – who has been married to wife Rebecca Packer for close to ten years and shares three daughters with her – has now cleared things up.
The rapper was asked by People whether, as a result of the song, he finds many people assume he is a ‘player’.
He told the publication: ‘It was a big misconception with that song because that song is not a cheating song. It’s an anti-cheating song. It’s just that nobody listened to the record to the end.
‘There’s a part in the record where it’s a conversation between two people and you have one guy, which is me at that point, giving that bad advice, like, ‘Yo, bro, how could you get caught? Just tell her, ‘It wasn’t me’, and then at the end, the guy says, ‘I’m going to tell her that I’m sorry for the pain that I’ve caused.
”I’ve been listening to your reasoning, it makes no sense at all. Going to tell her that I’m sorry for the pain that I’ve caused. You might think that you’re a player, but you’re completely lost’.’
Shaggy concluded: ‘Nobody hears that part! That’s what the song says.’
It comes after reggae singer Shaggy revealed that Prince Harry is a fan of his music – and sang a rendition of his hit song It Wasn’t Me to him the first time they met.
The Duke of Sussex met the star in the hitmaker’s native Jamaica when he visited the island back in 2012 – and impressed the musician with a version of his raunchy single.
‘When Prince Harry came to Jamaica he came to visit the Bustamante Hospital for Children,’ Shaggy said, speaking to Observer Magazine. ‘My daughter thought he was supposed to be a prince on a horse, like in her storybook.
‘He turned to me and said, ‘Wow, she’s just so not impressed’, and then he sang, ‘It Wasn’t Me’. So Prince Harry is a Shaggy fan!’
Shaggy went on to say that he also likes to think Harry’s late grandmother – Queen Elizabeth – was an avid listener of his music – after he played at her 92nd birthday party at the Royal Albert Hall.
‘Afterwards I was standing right beside her,’ he added. ‘It would have been crazy if she was like, ‘Hello, Mr Boombastic’.
Shaggy’s most successful song, It Wasn’t Me, tells the tale of one man’s dilemma after he is caught cheating on his girlfriend, and although it was a controversial hit at the time, it became the best selling UK single of 2001.
The star, who has two sons from a previous relationship and three daughters with wife Rebecca, is famed for his sexually charged lyrics, with many of his songs detailing his appreciation for beautiful women.
Shaggy also revealed that while he isn’t a ‘big weed smoker,’ he believes the world would be a much calmer place if ‘every single world leader’ smoked weed.
The musical legend has previously discussed his three decades in the industry on The Project – before revealing how he got his unusual stage name all those years ago.
He candidly admitted: ‘I got the name Shaggy in high school. My hair was all over the place, and so they called me Shaggy, like a Shaggy dog. I didn’t like it.’
He continued: ‘Then I went to England. I was in a cab, and the guy driving the taxi said, “Oh my God – I can’t believe they’re playing a song from a bloke with a name Shaggy!”
‘I was like, “What’s wrong with Shaggy?” Then he explained what “s**g” meant.’
In England, the term ‘s**g’ is colloquially used to describe sexual relations. I thought It was the coolest name after that!’