Camila Cabello is apologizing for language she used during her teens. The “Senorita” singer has come under fire this week after her personal Tumblr account from her teen years was unearthed by a Twitter follower, with the page showing Cabello re-sharing several racist jokes about black and Asian people.
Cabello posted an apology on her Instagram stories and Twitter page, saying that she used language during her teens that she is “deeply ashamed off” and “will regret forever.” In a lengthy message, Cabello tweeted “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,” adding “I apologized then and I apologize again now.”
Cabello says that now that she’s 22, she understands the “history and the pain” of the words she used. “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.” Adding that she plans on continuing to use her platform to “speak about injustice and inequality,” Cabello ends her note saying “I can’t say enough how deeply sorry and ashamed I feel, and I apologize again from the bottom of my heart.”
I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. pic.twitter.com/iZrnUawUAb
— camila (@Camila_Cabello) December 18, 2019
Cabello has since deleted her Tumblr page, but many of the memes she shared were screengrabed by a Twitter follower. Cabello’s Tumblr page shows the singer making jokes about Chris Brown’s attack against ex-girlfriend Rihanna, as well as other images using racial slurs against black and Asian people. During her time in Fifth Harmony, Cabello’s private messages were allegedly leaked and showed the singer using racial slurs when discussing band member Normani.
Cabello’s apology is dividing fans, with some praising the singer for taking ownership of her past mistakes, while others are quick to point out that at 15 years old, Cabello should have known the gravity of the hateful language and stereotypes she was promoting.
1. Tell us what you’re sorry about exactly
2. Keep your feelings out of it. We don’t care you’re embarrassed/could change things/etc.
3. What did you believe? How did you change those beliefs?
4. Adults can still be racist. We need more info than you just getting older
— Wagatwe Wanjuki (@wagatwe) December 19, 2019
Exactly she had so many years to “know it was wrong” and take it down BUT SHE ONLY TOOK IT DOWN WHEN PEOPLE FOUND OUT which leads me to believe she’s only sorry because people found out #CamilaCabello #camilacabelloisoverparty
— underratedlocal (@underratedlocal) December 19, 2019
Earlier this month, Justin Bieber also posted an apology on Instagram for his past behaviour. “When I was young I was uneducated and found myself saying really hurtful things not knowing the power of my words,” said Bieber, who shared a image of the words ‘Stand Against Racism’ on December 3. “Racism Is still very prevalent and I want to use my voice to remind we are all human being and all of EQUAL VALUE BEFORE GOD!”
Whether fans are ready to forgive Cabello is yet to be seen. The singer released her second solo album Romance on December 6 and announced a North American and European tour for next year, which has yet to sell out.