Azealia Banks Pens Apologetic Letter to Zayn Malik

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Azealia Banks performs at the Firefly Music Festival on June 22, 2013 in Dover, Del.

In her campaign to #MakeAzealiaGreatAgain, rapper Azealia Banks has issued an apology letter to Zayn Malik. Recall in May when the Harlemite went on a lengthy Twitter tirade against the former One Direction-er, accusing him of swiping her swag for his "Like I Would" video. Banks' Twitter account was subsequently suspended after she called the singer a "sand n-----" and a "f-----" (her account remains suspended till this day).

After an Instagram apology to Malik in the days following the racist rant, Banks followed up with a typed-out letter on Friday (Oct. 21), expressing how sorry she was. "There are no words that can fully express how sorry I am," the letter begins. "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 then explains how she reached out to him on Twitter to congratulate him on his solo endeavors, and mistook a tweet he sent as a personal attack. She goes on to explain that she has experienced discrimination as a black woman, and that she shouldn't have used derogatory and hurtful remarks against him. (Billboard has reached out to Malik's reps for comment.) 

“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,” Banks continues. "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 apologize not only to you, Zayn, but to all those I hurt and offended. I am not cruel, nor am I heartless or vindictive. There is a lot of love in my heart and there is good in my soul. What I did was wrong and I am committed to being a better person.”

The letter comes in lieu of Banks' recent controversy, involving 52-year-old actor Russell Crowe, who she alleges spit on her and called her the N-word at a recent party in Los Angeles. She recently took to Facebook saying that she will be pressing charges against Crowe. 

Read the full letter from Banks to Malik given to Us Weekly here.


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