Camila Cabello took to social media Wednesday to apologize for “embarrassingly ignorant” remarks she made in the past, although she never specified what she was referencing. But the 22-year-old former Fifth Harmony singer took full responsibility for those comments and blamed her youth and ignorance.
“When I was younger, I used language that I’m deeply ashamed of and will regret forever,” she wrote in a social media post. “I was uneducated and ignorant and once I became aware of the history and the weight and true meaning behind this horrible and hurtful language, I was deeply embarrassed I ever used it.”
“I apologized then,” she wrote. “And I apologize again now.”
“I would never intentionally hurt anyone and I regret it from the bottom of my heart. … Once you know better, you do better, and that’s all I can do.”
“I’m 22 now, 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,” she wrote. “Those mistakes don’t represent the person I am or a person I’ve ever been. I only stand and have ever stood for love and inclusivity, and my heart has never, even then, had any ounce of hate or divisiveness. The truth is I was embarrassingly ignorant and unaware. I use my platform to speak about injustice and inequality and I’ll continue doing that. I can’t say enough how deeply sorry and ashamed I feel, and I apologize again from the bottom of my heart.”
Cabello’s social media posts came a day after old posts from a now-defunct Tumblr blog were republished online. The old comments were spread on Twitter Tuesday after a user shared an explicit thread titled “exposing camila cabello’s racist and downright disturbing tumblr reblogs.” The user believes the Tumblr belonged to Cabello and which featured racist jokes, memes and use of the N-word.