Demi Lovato apologises for sharing Zika virus ‘joke’ on her Snapchat story

Some fans even tried to get the #DemiLovatoIsOverParty hashtag trending on Twitter afterwards

Demi Lovato has apologised after fans criticised her for sharing a video of her mother apparently making a joke about the Zika virus.

In a clip shared on the pop star’s Snapchat story, Lovato’s mother is seen saying, “Everybody down in Rio gonna get the Zika virus,” while the singer is heard laughing in the background. Lovato also added three laughing emojis to the video, BBC Newsbeat reports.

Some fans reacted badly to the Snapchat and even tried to get the #DemiLovatoIsOverParty hashtag trending on Twitter. Responding to the controversy caused by the clip, Lovato took to Twitter earlier today (August 13) to apologise.

“In no way did I mean to offend anyone last night. I was laughing at how southern my mom sounded, not the issue at hand. Deepest apologies,” she wrote. “If you watch everything I do, you’re still a fan.. I ain’t goin nowhere bitches.”

Brazil, which is currently hosting the Rio Olympics, is the country which has reported the most cases of the Zika virus, which is suspected of causing babies to be born with under-developed brains. The first ever Lollapalooza Festival in nearby Colombia is understood to have been cancelled last month after Rihanna reportedly pulled out over Zika fears.