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Akon doesn’t regret saying that the rich and famous go through more trouble than the poor, a comment he was strongly rejected for… he says he knows what he is talking about.

We got Akon at LAX and asked if he wanted to revisit the controversial remark he shared with us last month. No dice! Instead, Akon doubled down and explained that he was speaking based on his own rags to riches story.

He says he knows what he said pissed off some people, but adds that he doesn’t back down his position, because, personally… he was actually happier before he had any money.

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The whole controversy started as a result of Michael K. Williams‘death … with Akon telling us actor’s drug overdose was the latest example of a “facade of success” that often sends celebrities into freefall.

Akon says he’s just speaking from personal experience… but there’s one thing he’s sorry about.

The artist drops a ton of knowledge and tells us why money isn’t always the cure.

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