Azealia Banks Apologises To Zayn Malik (And Curry Itself), Following Racist Twitter Tirade

'I feel compelled to clear the air with curry itself because that’s a bridge I don’t want to burn.'

16/05/2016 11:53 | Updated 16 May 2016

Azealia Banks has offered her “sincerest apologies”, following her much-publicised Twitter tirade against Zayn Malik last week.

The ‘212’ rapper faced a huge public backlash after she bombarded Zayn with a string of tweets, containing both racist and homophobic slurs, having previously accused him of copying her idea for his latest music video.

After issuing a pretty feeble attempt at an explanation in the ensuing days, Azealia has now posted what feels a bit more like an apology on her Instagram page.

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She said: “I want to extend my sincerest apologies to the world. Employing racial/sexual slurs/stereotypes in attempts to make fun of or degrade another person or group is absolutely unacceptable and is not fair or fun for anyone.

“Allowing my anger to get the best of me, I’ve managed to insult millions of people without reason. And for that I give my deepest apologies [sic].”


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She couldn’t resist going on the defensive a little, though, and later commented about a specific insult she threw at Zayn, when she branded him a “curry-scented bitch”.

Azealia clarified: “As for curry, it’s honestly some dumb NYC joke about cabs smelling like curry. I honestly wasn’t trying to make a widespread statement about any group so much as just pulling out of my very limited bag of NYC insults. My mind didn’t even got there when it came out of my mouth.

“I personally really enjoy curry and cook with it often. I feel compelled to clear the air with curry itself because that’s a bridge I don’t want to burn.”

Yes, Azealia, God forbid you hurt curry’s feelings.

Azealia’s latest controversial outburst did have consequences, with a UK music festival cancelling her scheduled headlining slot, and Twitter making the decision to suspend her account on the social media site.

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