U.S Rapper 21 Savage ‘to be deported to UK’
Atlanta rapper 21 Savage has been arrested by US immigration officials who say he is actually from the UK.
The rapper, Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, came to the US in July 2005 aged 12 and failed to leave when his visa expired a year later, officials said.
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman said he was being held for removal proceedings.
He has previously described a childhood in Atlanta during interviews.
In an interview with Fader magazine in 2016 he said he had first seen a gun at the age of eight – although the article did not specify where this incident had taken place.
The 26-year-old is also quoted in the interview as saying he was expelled from school in Atlanta aged about 12 or 13 for taking a gun to class.
“His whole public persona is false,” a CNN reporter quoted an ICE spokesman as saying.
Other reports quoted ICE as saying the rapper was being held in the state of Georgia for being unlawfully present in the US and for being a felon. He was convicted of drugs charges in 2014.
Officials were waiting for a judge’s ruling before deciding how to proceed, a spokesman said.
The UK’s Foreign Office told BBC News: “Our staff are in contact with the lawyer of a British man following his detention in the USA.”