The social media landscape can be quite a slippery slope, and pop star Doja Cat is currently finding that out the hard way.
On Sunday (May 24,) Doja Cat (whose actual name is Amalaratna Zandile Dlamini) headed to her Instagram page to try to come clean after allegations arose that she had used a racist slur while participating in internet chat rooms as well as in her song, “Dindu Nuffin,” that she had sang back in 2015.
“As for the old song that’s resurfaced, it was in no way tied to anything outside of my own personal experience,” she wrote in her statement. “It was written in response to people who often used that term to hurt me. I made an attempt to flip its meaning, but recognize that it was a bad decision to use the term in my music.”
However, she was quick to note that she had not taken part in any racial conversations online.
“I’ve used public chat rooms to socialize since I was a child. I shouldn’t have been on some of those chat room sites, but I personally have never been involved in any racist conversations,” she wrote. “I’m sorry to everyone I offended. I am a black woman. Half of my family is black from South Africa and I’m very proud of where I come from.”
Most of all, the singer wanted to be sure to give a shout out to her fans as she goes through this challenging time in her personal life.
“I love you all and I’m sorry for upsetting or hurting any of you,” she wrote. “That’s not my character, and I’m determined to show that to everyone moving forward. Thank you.”
Doja Cat held an Instagram live where she addressed the controversy.
Warning: Explicit language is used in the video.