Camila Cabello apologizes for 'uneducated and ignorant' racist remarks on social media after singer's past posts surface
The 'Havana' singer said, “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"
Popstar Camila Cabello took to social media on Wednesday to apologize for “embarrassingly ignorant” racist and offensive remarks she made in the past. The Grammy-nominated singer wrote on Twitter that she was sorry for using offensive and hurtful words on social media as a teen, and now that she is 22, she has grown up.
“When I was younger, I used language that I’m deeply ashamed of and will regret forever,” Cabello shared in a lengthy social media post. “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."
The former Fifth Harmony singer has been accused of using racist remarks in now-deleted Tumblr accounts. Her old remarks went viral on Twitter Tuesday after a Twitter user shared an explicit thread titled “Exposing Camila Cabello’s racist and downright disturbing Tumblr reblogs.”
The thread included a series of screenshots from the deactivated “vous-etess-belle” Tumblr account, which the user believes belonged to Cabello and which featured racist jokes, memes and repeated use of the "N-word". Screenshots of the account reveal she even made jokes about domestic violence, particularly on Chris Brown’s abusive relationship with Rihanna.
This forced the performer to issue an apology, even though her apology made no reference to the Tumblr account. “As much as I wish I could, I can't go back in time and change things I said in the past. But once you know better, you do better and that's all I can do,” she continued.
Cabello's hits include 'Havana' and 'Señorita' with Shawn Mendes. She released a new album early this month. She closed her statement saying she would use her platform to “speak out about injustice and inequality."
“I'll continue doing that,” she wrote. “I can't say enough how deeply sorry and ashamed I feel, and I apologize again from the bottom of my heart.”
With inputs from AP