Pop singer Camila Cabello just found out firsthand that the past can haunt you.
On Wednesday (Dec. 18,) the former Fifth Harmony singer headed to her Twitter page to apologize for using racist words on social media when she was a teenager. Those offensive posts have now been deleted, but the power for them to cause hurt remains.
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And she knows that.
“When I was younger, I used language that I’m deeply ashamed of and will regret forever,” the now 22-year-old said in the emotional 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.”
I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. pic.twitter.com/iZrnUawUAb
— camila (@Camila_Cabello) December 18, 2019
The”Señorita” singer went on to say that she has matured throughout the years, and she is ‘deeply ashamed’ of her past behavior.
“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.”
“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,” said Cabella, who is currently dating Shawn Mendes. “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.”
Will her apology be enough? That remains to be seen.