Camila Cabello has apologised after a string of racist posts she is alleged to have posted as a teenager resurfaced online.
The American singer wrote a lengthy post on Twitter, saying she was “deeply ashamed” about her past use of “horrible and hurtful language”.
Her comments appear to be in response to a Twitter thread which claimed to exposed posts it says Cabello posted on Tumblr between 2012 and 2013.
The post – titled “Exposing Camila Cabello’s racist and downright disturbing tumblr reblogs” has since been deleted.
In her apology, Cabello 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 goes 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 22-year-old says she has since grown up and realised the error of her ways, saying 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 shot to fame as a member of girl group Fifth Harmony, but left three years ago to go it alone as a solo artist.
She has since won two Latin Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards and a Billboard Music Award.