Jamelia apologises after saying shops shouldn’t stock clothes for ‘bigger women’

Singer also says she was hounded on Twitter after airing her views on ITV show 'Loose Women'

Jamelia has been forced to apologise after she said shops shouldn’t stock clothes for bigger women.

The Loose Women panellist and singer said she was “hounded on Twitter” after airing her views on the ITV show in a discussion about overweight teenagers.

“Knowing that I offended really upset me,” Jamelia told Good Morning Britain.

“Knowing that I made people question themselves and their choices, it really did upset me. All I can do is apologise for that.”

She added: “I didn’t make it clear on the show that I was talking about extremes, I was talking about above size 20 and below size six, those sizes being available en masse.”

Despite her apology, Jamelia said she still stands by her original comments.

“I do stand by what I said,” she added. “I’m a real woman with real opinions. I get paid to voice my opinions.”

Jamelia sparked a Twitter storm when she said on Loose Women she didn’t believe High Street stores should be providing clothes above or below a healthy range.

She said: “I do not think it’s right to facilitate people living an unhealthy lifestyle.

“In the same way (that) I don’t believe that a size zero should be available, it’s not a healthy size for an average woman to be.

“I don’t believe they (high street stores) should be providing clothes for below that range or above that range.

“Yes, have specialist shops but you should feel uncomfortable if you are unhealthy to be available in every high street store, I don’t think that’s right.”

Jamelia released three albums between 2000 and 2006 and had seven top 10 hits.

Her track ‘Thank You’ went to number two in 2004 while ‘Superstar’ charted at three the year before.