"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.