Banks had her account suspended by Twitter days after she levelled racist insults at Zayn Malik in a row over his new music video.
After initially refusing to apologise (“Not sorry I said it. But sorry for the way I made people feel,” she previously wrote), Banks has now issued an apology to her Instagram account.
It reads: “Dear World, Now that the immediacy of the infamous incident has worn off, I’ve had some time to decompress & take a more rational assessment of things. 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.”
See the apology in full below.
As well as being suspended from Twitter, Banks was also removed from a headline set at London’s Born & Bred Festival this week. The event takes place next month (June) with organisers saying they “celebrate inclusivity and equality” and would not tolerate Banks’ language.
Meanwhile, Banks is also reportedly being investigated by the Home Office over her Zayn Malik tweets, which could lead to the star been banned from entering the UK.
The incident is the latest in a long line of controversies for Banks. She recently endorsed Donald Trump for US President, describing him as “evil, like America”.