Madonna Apologizes For Racial Slur In Instagram Caption

Madonna and Rocco Ritchie perform during Madonna and Steven Klein secretprojectrevolution at the Gagosian Gallery on September 24, 2013 in New York City.

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"There's no way to defend the use of the word," the singer writes after using the N-word.

Madonna has issued a statement of apology after using the N-word in the caption of an Instagram photo of her son, Rocco Ritchie, on Friday (Jan. 17).

The photo was a shot of the 13-year-old boxing, with the caption reading, "No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out! #disn---a."

The pop superstar, who has 1.1 million followers on Instagram, was quickly berated by her followers for using the word. Madonna later re-posted the same photo on Instagram, with a new caption, "Ok let me start this again. #get off my dick haters!" On Saturday afternoon however, Madonna deleted the post entirely, and instead posted an apology.

"I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N word on Instagram," reads Madonna's statement. "It was not meant as a racial slur.. I am not a racist.  There's no way to defend the use of the word. It was all about intention.. It was used as a term of endearment toward my son who is white.  I appreciate that it's a provocative word and I apologize if it gave people the wrong impression.  Forgive me."

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This is the second time this year that Madonna has offended people on Instagram. Earlier this month, she posted a photo of Rocco and his two young friends holding up bottles of liquor; she defended the post as a joke.

"No one was drinking we were just having fun! Calm down and get a sense of humor! Don't start the year off with judgement!" she responded on Instagram.

On Friday, a report surfaced that Madonna would be performing at the upcoming GRAMMY Awards. Beyonce is also rumored to be making a surprise appearance at the ceremony, set for Jan. 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.