“I need to keep my f**king mouth shut”: Nuno Bettencourt issues apology to Richard Fortus following Rihanna gig disagreement

Nuno Bettencourt and Richard Fortus
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Earlier this week, Nuno Bettencourt aimed a heated response at Richard Fortus, who had taken issue with the Extreme virtuoso’s observation that many of his peers – including Slash – would struggle to be Rihanna’s guitarist.

Now, Bettencourt has issued a four-plus-minute apology to Fortus on Instagram, saying he “reacted kind of hot because I probably realized how much of a dumbass I was by saying what I said”.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.