The rapper admitted that she “let anger get the best of me” on Instagram tonight.
Azealia Banks has made a statement apologising for calling Zayn Malik a “sand nigga” and “curry scented bitch” in a Twitter rant that also took aim at the UK grime scene, admitting her remarks were “absolutely unacceptable and not fair or fun for anyone.”
Banks’ comments – sparked by a new video from the former One Direction star, which she felt borrowed from a previous video of her own – led to widespread anger in the music world this week, resulting in her booking agent dropping her, a Home Office investigation into whether she should be banned from the UK and the cancellation of her upcoming headline appearance at London’s Rinse | Born & Bred Festival.
Having previously made a half-apology via Twitter (“Not sorry I said it. But sorry for the way I made people feel”), Banks tonight issued a full statement admitting her statements were inappropriate. “Now that the immediacy of the infamous incident has worn off, I’ve had some time to decompress & take a more rational assessment of things. I want to extend my sincerest apologies to the world,” she wrote on Instagram.
“Employing racial/sexual slurs/stereotypes in attempts to make fun of or degrade another person or group is absolutely unacceptable and is not fair or fun for anyone,” the post continued. “Allowing my anger to get the best of me, I’ve managed to insult millions of people without reason. And for that I give my deepest apologies.”
It’s not yet known whether or not the rapper will perform at other slated appearances this summer.