On Sunday, a number of sources reported that 21 Savage was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, who allege the Atlanta rapper is a United Kingdom nationwide who stayed within the U.S. after his visa lapsed. “His entire public persona is fake,” an ICE spokesperson instructed CNN’s Nick Valencia per the journalist’s tweets. “He really got here to the U.S. from the U.Ok. as a teen and overstayed his visa.”

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox mentioned 21 Savage, whose given identify is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested at a site visitors cease in Atlanta, together with three different folks, throughout which ICE found his immigration standing. The rapper allegedly obtained a one-year visa in July 2005. If the timeline put forth by immigration officers is true, 21 Savage would have been 12 when he arrived within the United States. Per CNN, the rapper is “presently in ICE custody in Georgia and has been positioned into elimination proceedings earlier than the federal immigration courts.”

The rapper’s lawyer Dina LaPolt told TMZ in a statement: “We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention whereas we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding. Mr. Abraham-Joseph is a job mannequin to the younger folks within the nation – particularly in Atlanta, Georgia and is actively working locally main packages to assist underprivileged youths in monetary literacy.”

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