21 Savage and his mom celebrate his released on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019.

21 Savage says he was ‘targeted’ by ICE in ‘GMA’ interview, mom thanks supporters

 In his first interview since being released on bond earlier this week, 21 Savage said he was “definitely targeted” by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

The full interview with the Atlanta rapper, who was arrested on Super Bowl Sunday for allegedly living in the U.S. illegally, will air during “Good Morning America” at 7 a.m. Friday on ABC.

In a clip released by the show, 21 Savage tells ABC News reporter Linsey Davis that he didn’t even know what was happening during his arrest. 

“I was just driving and I just seen guns and blue lights. And then I was in the back of a car and I was gone,” he said. 

Savage, 26, said authorities never told him he was under arrest.

“Nah, they didn’t say nothing,” he told Davis. “They just said, ‘We got Savage.’

Earlier Thursday, 21 Savage’s mother, Heather Joseph, posted a lengthy thank-you note on her Instagram account spotlighting the rapper’s fans, his legal and publicity teams and artists including Jay-Z, Cardi B, Offset, J Cole and Metro Boomin, for their support.

21 Savage most recently played Atlanta on the Thursday prior to the Super Bowl as part of the Bud Light Music Festival. He was slated to perform on Sunday’s Grammy Awards – where he was nominated for two awards with Post Malone –but was incarcerated at a federal immigration detention center in South Georgia.

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.