Camila Cabello is “deeply embarrassed” and “ashamed” after racially-insensitive memes she posted on social media seven years ago recently resurfaced online.
The Havana hitmaker has faced criticism this week (begs16Dec19) for a series of posts she shared on her Tumblr page back in 2012, which feature the N-word and a number of Asian slurs.
On Wednesday, Cabello issued a lengthy apology online, expressing her remorse at the hurtful language she used in her past, when she was an “ignorant” youth.
“When I was younger I used language that I’m deeply ashamed of and will regret forever,” the singer began.
“I was uneducated and ignorant and once I became aware of the history and the weight and the true meaning behind this horrible and hurtful language, I was deeply embarrassed I ever used it.”
Cabello went on to insist she is a changed woman: “I’m 22 now,” she continued. “I’m an adult and I’ve grown and learned and am conscious and aware of the history and the pain it carries in a way I wasn’t before.
“These mistakes don’t represent the person I am or (the) person I’ve ever been. I only stand and have ever stood for love and inclusivity and my heart has never, even then, had an ounce of hate or divisiveness.”
She concluded, “I can’t say enough how deeply sorry and ashamed I feel, and I apologize again from the bottom of my heart.”
Cabello’s public apology comes almost four months after her boyfriend, fellow pop star Shawn Mendes, also had to say sorry for similar racially-insensitive messages posted to his Twitter account back in 2013.
In his statement addressing the teenage messages, Mendes confessed he shouldn’t have let his friends use his phone to tweet out notes on his behalf