Controversial singer Azealia Banks has issued a very deep apology to singer Zayn Malik.
Banks had, on numerous occasions in the past, hit the the former One Direction singer with racist and transphobic jokes.
“There are no words that can fully express how sorry I am. Recent events have taught me the importance of taking accountability for one’s actions. I want and need to say I am sorry, I was wrong,” Banks said in an open letter.
“I reached out, on Twitter, to congratulate you on leaving One Direction and finding your own path. Many artists sell their souls to this business and sacrifice their happiness for a career; walking away took bravery, strength, formidable principles and a powerful sense of self-worth. I applaud you for this. After my tweets, you tweeted something completely unrelated to me and I mistook it for a personal attack.
“This set me off and I began a reckless and unacceptable rant; but every cloud has a silver lining and what happened has taught me that not everything is about me and not everything is directed at me.
“Thank-you for teaching me this, it is a lesson that I desperately needed to learn. As a black woman, in America, I sometimes forget that there are words and comments that hurt other communities. At times, I am so consumed by my own struggle, and the struggle of my race, that I forget to consider the hardships other minorities continue to endure.
“Coming from an ethnicity that is largely discriminated against does not warrant a license to use derogatory, abusive terminology nor does it give me the right to make hurtful remarks. I apologise not only to you, Zayn, but to all those I hurt and offended.”
Following the statement, she told fans that she’d love to work with him, asking for a collaboration.
She said: “I definitely would love to collaborate with Zayn. From here, I watched the Naughty Boy thing and I have always seen where he’s going.
“He’s definitely helped him get that sound, that sound that’s different but still cool, very relevant but it’s different and it’s new and special – which is something I think I do very well.”