updated 07/21/2014 AT 1:50 PM ET
•originally published 07/21/2014 AT 1:15 PM ET
After video footage of a female fan grabbing Tim McGraw’s pant leg at his Atlanta show on July 13 – and him slapping back in response – made headlines last week, the singer is speaking out and sharing his side of the story.
“Sometimes things can lose context and perspective. I reacted in an instinctive, defensive way from my perspective of what was going on,” McGraw tells ET Canada. I think it was an unfortunate situation, I think all the way around.”
“But it happened, it happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on,” he says. “It is one of those things that happen, nobody feels good about it, but there’s nothing that could be done about it. You are in that position, you are out there, you are vulnerable, things happen and sometimes you react. There’s nothing to be said about it.”