Azealia Banks Issues Apology Over Homophobic Slurs

She issued her apology via Facebook.

June 11, 2016

"Ok, I'm never saying the word F****T ever again."

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That's how Azealia Banks kicks off her latest apology just one month after her infamous Twitter tirade, which involved berating former One Direction member Zayn Malik and including a number of homophobic slurs. Following the incident, Banks' Twitter account was suspended. (The rappers' account still hasn't been restored).

"The amount of people that get hurt when I use the word vs. the amount of people I've said it to are just not worth it," writes Banks. "Honestly...this isn't a cop out, it's just me realizing that words hurt. And while I may be immune to every word and be thicker skinned than most, it doesn't mean that I get to go around treating people with the same toughness that made my skin so thick."

Banks goes on to explain that she'd rather clean up her behavior than "lose out on a chance to make people feel good and smile and be happy."

"To end this note I want to SINCERELY apologize to my fans for having let so many of you down over the years," Banks writes. "I know that you all want nothing else for me but to see me win, and I thank the many of you who saw the beauty in me and have stuck around this far."

Read Banks' entire statement here.


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