Pop star Camila Cabello is in hot water after several posts from her now-deleted Tumblr account resurfaced, showing the singer using racist language and imagery as a teenager. After the post started recirculating on Twitter, Cabello posted an apology.
“When I was younger, I used language that I’m deeply ashamed of and will regret forever. 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 apologized then and I apologize again now. I would never intentionally hurt anyone and I regret it from the bottom of my heart. 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 sorry from the bottom of my heart. pic.twitter.com/iZrnUawUAb
— camila (@Camila_Cabello) December 18, 2019
Cabello posted the apology on Instagram and Twitter, offering up a mea culpa on behalf of her past actions, saying that after growing up and doing some research, she now knows the weight that the slurs carry.
“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. Those mistakes don’t represent the person I am or a person I’ve ever betta. I only stand and have ever stood for love and inclusivity, and my heart has never, even then, had an ounce of hate or divisiveness. The truth is I was embarrassingly ignorant and unaware, I use my platform to speak out 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.”
While some fans are sticking with her, there are plenty of people on Twitter who aren’t buying it.
“camila cabello has a whole ass tumblr dedicated to being racist and she thinks she can post an instagram story and everyone will just forgive her? nah”
“camila cabello finally being exposed as the racist we all knew she was?? love to see it!!”
“They said it was fake for years!!! Everything we said about Camila Cabello being racist is TRUE she’s forever done and so is her stans for lying and hiding when they knew for so long”
This isn't the first time Camila Cabello been called out as a racist. Being a teenager doesn't excuse that kind of behavior; you're definitely old enough to know better And to defend her by saying she was young is bs because Black kids aren't allowed any passes in this world. pic.twitter.com/YL1ZVD7hLK
— Black Fat Queer (@FlamingFatQueer) December 18, 2019
People were quick to point out that Cabello probably wouldn’t have addressed the situation had she not been exposed.
“let’s get one thing straight: Camila Cabello would have NEVER recognized or apologized for those racist tumblr posts if she didn’t get caught”
“the only reason why camila cabello apologized for her racist comments were to benefit herself. she would’ve never said anything if her album wasn’t flopping on the charts. anyways stan normani because she actually has talent ?✨”
Stan Twitter is probably going to tear itself apart over this one.