Azealia Banks Apologizes to ZAYN in Open Letter
More than five months after attacking ZAYN Malik with racial slurs, Azealia Banks offers up an apology letter to the former One Direction star.
The Harlem rapper delivered the letter, via Instagram.
"Dear Zayn, There are no words that can fully express how sorry I am,” she began. “Recent events have taught me the importance of taking accountability for ones actions. I want and need to say I am sorry, I was wrong.
“As a black woman, in America, I sometimes forget that there are words and comments that hurt other communities,” she continued. “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. 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."
Later, Banks claims that she is "not cruel", while apologizing to not only Zayn, but others who were "hurt and offended" by her remarks. "I am not cruel, nor am I heartless or vindictive," she added. "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 becoming a better person."
Banks' insults got her dropped from the Born & Bred Festival and resulted in her Twitter account being suspended, at the time.