Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was arrested in Atlanta by ICE over claims that he is in the United States illegally, CNN reported.
ICE says the rapper, whose real name is Shayaabin Abraham-Joseph, is actually a citizen of the United Kingdom who was brought to the United States as a minor in 2005. The agency says he is living in the country illegally because he failed to leave under the terms of his visa, which expired in 2006.
"Mr. Abraham-Joseph is presently in ICE custody in Georgia and has been placed into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts," ICE said in a statement. "ICE will now await the outcome of his case before a federal immigration judge to determine future actions."
Lawyers for 21 Savage told CNN that they are working to “clear up any misunderstandings” with ICE officials.
The rapper was previously arrested on felony drug charges in 2014.
News of his British citizenship came as news to fans of the Atlanta-based rapper, who had claimed to be from the South.
Demi Lovato mocks 21 Savage arrest, gets blasted off Twitter:
Singer Demi Lovato tweeted on Sunday, "So far 21 Savage memes have been my favorite part of the Super Bowl."
Many took issue with Lovato’s tweet, particularly rapper Wale.
"Why is somebody freedom funny ...I don't get the joke,” he wrote.
"A lot of people were sending you love light, prayers etc. When people were making jokes about u at a rough time. A lot of people. Bless up," he added, referring to Lovato’s drug overdose last year.
Many other users also cited her overdose in the torrent of backlash that followed. Lovato wrote that she found the rapper’s secret British background funny, not the actual arrest.
"Fuck Twitter," Lovato wrote. "This is why I don’t tweet anymore. If you’re gonna come at me for making a joke, try coming at me with something original not involving drugs."
Lovato deactivated her Twitter account but continued to post on Instagram.
"Sorry if I offended anyone. But it's no excuse to laugh at someone's addiction let alone their OD," she wrote in a post on her Instagram story.
"Wale just salty I never replied to his desperate tweets years ago,” she wrote in another post that she later deleted.
"Still ain't gon disrespect you.. still praying for you Demi," Wale replied. "Glad u seen my old tweets. Hopefully you seen the ones providing prayer and comfort when you were down. I don't know people when they down. Go queen."