Rapper Azealia Banks is extending an olive branch to Zayn Malik, five months after suggesting the singer was a “d*ck rider,” a “Punjab,” a “dirty b*tch,” the “Paki” of One Direction and a man whose mother “is a dirty refugee who won’t be granted asylum.”
On the heels of the rapper’s latest controversy with Russell Crowe, Banks seems to be rethinking some of her past actions. In a letter penned to Malik, Azealia claims she takes full responsibility for her comments and she is very apologetic.
“Dear Zayn, There are no words that can fully express how sorry I am. Recent events have taught me the importance of taking accountability for ones actions. I want and need to say I am sorry, I was wrong,” she wrote in the letter published by MailOnline.
“As a black woman, in America, I sometimes forget that there are words and comments that hurt other communities. At times, I am so consumed by my own struggle, and the struggle of my race, that I forget to consider the hardships other minorities continue to endure,” continued Banks. “Coming from an ethnicity that is largely discriminated against does not warrant a license to use derogatory, abusive terminology nor does it give me the right to make hurtful remarks.”
The troubled star then went on to apologize to her fans who were also “hurt and offended.”
“I am not cruel, nor am I heartless or vindictive,” she wrote. “There is a lot of love in my heart and there is good in my soul. What I did was wrong and I am committed to becoming a better person.”
The 25-year-old added, “Throughout my transgressions you remained a gentleman and I applaud you for displaying class and maintaining a level head. The world could learn a lot from you and I hope you can find room in your heart to accept my sincerest apologies.”
Banks’ letter comes just days after demanding an apology from Russell Crowe, whom the rapper claims “called me a ni&&er, choked me, threw me out and spat at me” during a party inside the actor’s Beverly Hills hotel room.