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Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam recently came under fire when he sardonically ‘wished’ that he was born in Pakistan so he could also get work in India. Understandably, his statement ruffled feathers and people were upset.

In an interview with Hindustan Times, the singer has now said he was only joking. “I was asked a question about business. It’s a simple thing. Indian singers have to pay money [to music companies]. If music companies are helping them grow big, they deserve to ask for a share. What I was saying was that Pakistan singers don’t have to do that. But, if you are asking Indian singers for money then Pakistani singers should also be giving that, because they are also singing for you only na? And I had joked that I wish I was born in Pakistan. People took it in some other context,” Sonu said.

Read: Better if I was from Pakistan, at least I would get offers from India: Sonu Nigam

The singer further said that he has been supporting Pakistani singers for the last 25 years.

“I have been saying for the last 25 years we cannot ban them [Pakistani artists], and everyone was saying they should be banned. [But] Hum itne tang dil nahi ho sakte ki hum unhe ban kar dein [we cannot be so unkind that we ban them],” he added.