Camila Cabello has apologised for previously using “horrible and hurtful language”, saying she was “uneducated and ignorant”.
The Havana singer, 22, said sorry in a lengthy statement posted on her Instagram Story.
She wrote: “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.”
Cabello went on: “I apologised then and I apologise 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.”
The star said now she is 22, she is “conscious and aware of the history and the pain it carries in a way I wasn’t before”.
She added: “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 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 apologise again from the bottom of my heart.”
Cabello found fame with group Fifth Harmony after they were formed on the US version of The X Factor.
She left the group in 2016.