Jussie Smollett Performs For The First Time Since Attack

Jussie Smollett
Jussie Smollett attends the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 60th Anniversary Opening Night Gala Benefit at New York City Center| Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Jussie Smollett will not let unfortunate events stop him from performing for his fans.

Just five days after he was a victim of a homophobic and racial attack that took place in Chicago, Jussie Smollett spoke out about the incident while on stage during his concert in West Hollywood.

Not only was Smollett ready to get back to performing, but the actor also wanted to share his message of hope and strength with his fans.

The concert was sold out

On Saturday February 2, Jussie Smollett returned to the stage to perform for fans in Los Angeles.

Fans stood in the rain to perform for the first time since the attack and even though Smollett is still recovering from the traumatic event, he could not miss out on taking the stage once again.

Smollett began the sold out concert by explaining to his supporters why he decided to perform.

 “I had to be here tonight y’all,” he told the audience. “I couldn’t let those mother f–kers win.”

The Empire star also explained how it would take him some time to fully heal but he was definitely on his way.

“I’m not fully healed yet, but I’m going to, and I’m going to stand strong with you all,” he told the crowd as fans cheered.

As he fought back tears, Smollett took the time to recognize his family, friends, and fans who have supported him through this difficult time.

Smollett’s brother, Jocqui, even took to the stage to commend Jussie on his bravery and reveal to the crowd,  “my family realized that tonight was an important part of Jussie’s healing…. on behalf of the Smollett family, we are so proud of our brother.”

Even though Jussie Smollett was able to perform his hit songs for fans during this concert, the musician was unable to conduct meet-and-greets that night.

Due to security concerns, fans who upgraded their tickets to meet Jussie Smollett will soon be issued a refund.

“Jussie is so honored to perform for his fans, friends and family on Saturday night. However, please forgive us. For security reasons, we cannot accommodate any meet & greets. Your meet & greet upgrade can either be refunded or donated to the Black AIDS Institute in your name,” according to an email from the vendor, TicketWeb.

Smollett clarified a few details

At the end of his show right before doing an encore, Jussie Smollett wanted to confirm a few details regarding his attack.

The Empire star revealed that he did not have any broken ribs and only has a few bruises, and went to the doctor immediately after the attack. He went on to say that he was not hospitalized and was given the okay by doctors to perform that night.

Smollett wraps up the details surrounding his attack by letting fans know, “And above all, I fought the f*** back,” which received an abundance of applause from the crowd.

Smollett is remaining strong

On January 29, Jussie Smollett was walking the streets of Chicago when he was attacked by two men.

The men approached Smollett while yelling out racial and homophobic slurs.

The men soon attacked Smollett, poured a chemical substance on him, and tied a rope around his neck. After which, the attackers yelled ” “this is MAGA country,” and then fled the scene.

The police have not been able to identify the men responsible for this heinous act and are working hard to make certain they are eventually caught.

As for Jussie Smollett, the actor/musician is not letting this tragic event get the best of him.

In his first public statement three days after the attack, Smollett stated, “Let me start by saying that I’m OK. My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly, I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words.”

Fans and fellow celebrities have been showing Smollett a tremendous amount of support since the incident.

Jussie Smollett is refusing to let what happened to him break his spirit and will not allow hate to win.