17/10/2016 10:11 BST

X Factor's Honey G Addresses 'Ridiculous' Racism Claims

'I’ve been heavily influenced by hip-hop culture for a number of years.'

‘X Factor’ act Honey G has finally spoken out about accusations of racism that have followed her throughout her time on the show.

Since her very first audition, the aspiring rapper’s ‘X Factor’ journey has faced a backlash from certain quarters of social media, who have accused her of appropriating aspects of black culture.

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This has seen an increase in the past few weeks, particularly as she’s seen as a “joke” act, which has been perceived by some critics as a way of mocking or making fun of black culture and the rap scene, even comparing her outfits and performance style to “black face”.

Honey G has now had her say on the matter, insisting that her “heavy influences” of hip-hop music are sincere, and that she is not a racist person.

As reported by the Daily Star, she said: Any claims about me being racist are completely false and ridiculous. I’ve been heavily influenced by rap and hip-hop culture and involved in it for a number of years.”

The ‘X Factor’ hopeful was previously forced to speak out over claims that she is a joke act, or even a plant, telling WhatsOnTV: I might not have the most amazing voice but I’m a heavyweight rapper, singer and producer and I write my own lyrics, so I’ve got real skills to bring to the table. To be regarded as a joke is really insulting.”

Over the weekend, Honey G sailed through to the third week of live shows, after a performance of ‘Mo Money Mo Problems’ during Motown Week.

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