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'RHOP': Candiace Dillard Apologizes For Past Homophobic Tweets

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By Chris Barilla

Although 'The Real Housewives of Potomac' is already known for being the home of a variety of shocking and edge-of-your-seat-clenching tension every week, it seems as though the show's inherent drama has extended beyond its 'Bravo' boundaries, with star Candiace Dillard being dragged by many on social media for a past homophobic tweet she penned that has since resurfaced.

Now, the reality icon has taken to social media once again to issue a​ long-winded apology message for her past actions.

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The tweets, which were originally shared back in 2010, could not possibly be construed in a positive manner as Dillard blatantly verbally attacked the LGBTQ+ community with discriminatory and disparaging word choices about people she assumed to be homosexual at the time, as well as claiming that gay men "irk" her, which caused countless fans and bystanders to chime in once the tweets resurfaced and slam the reality star for her closed-minded train of thought generalizing an entire community of people.

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Many commented about the issue online and said that Dillard's actions were nearly unfathomable, with one user writing, "That is so ignorant! Who does she think she is!?!" And another penning that, "People can change since 10 yrs, but she needs to give us an explanation for these clearly homophobic tweets. I’m disappointed."

Since the wave of backlash that has come her way due to the old posts, Dillard has now taken to her personal page to offer up an apology and explanation for her past actions.

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On August 12, Dillard posted an apology message to Instagram, where she candidly wrote, "To my loyal fanbase, particularly the LGBTQIA+ viewers, thank you for your unwavering support. I love you. I, alone, am responsible for my words and I deeply regret saying anything that could have hurt my friends, colleagues, family and fans. At the time I was a private citizen, speaking carelessly and crassly as we often do, and for my lack of better judgement, I am sorry."

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"While I’ve learned and matured over the past decade, I am still evolving. The language I used carelessly wasn’t acceptable back then, and it isn’t acceptable now. I acknowledge that my words were hurtful, and for that I am deeply sorry," she continued her apology message.

Dillard went on to call herself an "ally" of the movement and condemned her own controversial statements as a marker of a past self she no longer represents, maintaining a commitment to furthering her education on the subject.

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