Travis Scott has made a statement responding to the backlash surrounding the removal of trans model Amanda Lepore from his Astroworld cover art.

Scott thanked Lepore and LaChapelle, before apologizing for "the misunderstanding." He wrote that Lepore had upstaged everyone on the cover, backing up a previous statement by LaChapelle.

Scott then stressed that “I have nothing but respect for the LGBTQ community" and "everyone is welcome to Astroworld."

The Houston rapper had previously shared two official cover art images, shot by David LaChapelle. RuPaul's Drag Race winner Aquaria pointed out that Lepore had been removed from the second cover, after being clearly visible on the version shared by LaChapelle himself.

Aquaria tweeted, "The mysterious case of the disappearing Amanda.... hmmm."

Lepore herself then followed up with her own query, writing on Instagram, "It was great being part of @david_lachapelle s incredible photograph of @travisscott s albulm cover but I’m curious why I’m not on the picture @travisscott posted."

Users have since taken to the internet to voice their concern about the implications of the discrepancy. One person wrote on Lepore's Instagram, "Travis is probably transphobic trash lol," while another said, "You already know why." On Twitter, several users responded to Aquaria's tweet:

XXL reported that LaChapelle responded to Lepore's Instagram post, writing, "because you were a bad bad girl lol it's not for any other reason." According to XXL, the photographer added, "Everybody wants to explain everything with some phobia or whatever. This is a case of something else she can't seem to control lol. Ain't nothing to do with hating."

LaChapelle then explained Lepore's removal in an Instagram comment, writing “Amanda was taken out because she just upstaged everyone.” Lepore responded in her own comment:  “A girl can’t help it❗️Too distracting for the eyes ❗️Upstaged everyone in the photograph ❗️Oh well……….. I love @david_lachapelle and @travisscott ❗️Love and kisses ?❤️”

Highsnobiety reached out to Scott's team for comment, but as yet we have not received a reply.

What are your thoughts on the removal of Lepore? Let us know in the comments below.

Elsewhere, Lil Uzi Vert hints at new album by sharing cult-inspired cover art.

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