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Rick Ross has apologized for misogynistic remarks he made about female rappers during an appearance on The Breakfast Club” earlier this week.

During the radio interview, the rapper was asked why he’s never signed a female rapper to Maybach Music Group. “I never did it because I always thought I would end up f*cking the female rapper, f*cking the business up,” Ross replied. “… I’m spending so much money on her photo shoots, I gotta f*ck a couple of times.”

Well, the comments garnered backlash… and Ross has since issued a statement backtracking on what he said.

“I want to address an insensitive comment I made on a very sensitive issue, especially in a minority dominated industry like hip-hop,” he wrote. “My entire empire’s backbone is led by 2 of the strongest people I know and they happen to be women, my mother and sister. The operations wouldn’t run without them and I have the highest regard and respect for women in this industry. I have a daughter myself, my most cherished gift in the world.

“My comment is not reflection of my beliefs on the issue,” Ross continued. “A mistake I regret. I hope to use my mistake, my platform and the community to create positive discussion to implement change on a very important issue. respect for the ones who stand up to say hey that isn’t right. Now it’s time to accept responsibility and all do better. I look forward to continue working with & supporting female artists.”

This isn’t the first time Ross has come under fire for sexism. In 2013, he rapped about date rap on “U.O.E.N.O.”, rapping: “Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.”

Following widespread backlash over the song, he lost an endorsement deal with Reebok, before he ultimately apologized.