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Azealia Banks promises to never use the word ‘f*ggot’ again

By Fabio Crispim

Azealia Banks was hitting the headlines last month when she launched into a tirade of homophobic abuse on Twitter against Zayn Malik, calling him a “curry-scented b*itch” and a “d*ck-riding” “f*ggot” before eventually having her account suspended.

She apologised soon after but was subsequently dropped from festival appearances.

Gay Star News reports that Banks took to Facebook yesterday and said that she will never use the word “f*ggot” again.

She wrote: “OK, I’m never saying the word f*ggot ever again. The amount of people that get hurt when I use the word vs. the amount of people I’ve it to are just not worth it.”

“Honestly, this isn’t a cop out, it’s just me realising that words hurt. And while I may be immune to every word and be thicker skinned than most, it doesn’t mean that I get to go around treating people with the same toughness that made my skin so thick.”

“Because that IS how people get thick skin… by being subjected to name calling/belittlement/abuse and it’s not fair. Not fair to my fans, not fair to my peers but mostly importantly, not fair to myself. By using those words I paint a picture of myself that isn’t the true me.”

Azealia goes on to say that by acting like that she has painted “a picture” of her upbringing, neighbourhood and misfortunes.

She continues: “I’m sweet, I’m kind, I’m caring, I’m generous, I love to make people laugh and above all of it, I LOVE ART. I love to please and inspire others with my music and art the most, more than I love anything in the world.”

“To lose out on a chance to make people feel good and smile and be happy would be the dumbest thing i could do in this lifetime. To end this note i want to SINCERELY apologise to my fans for having let so many of you down over the years.”

She then ends the post by thanking her fans for all of their support and saying all she wants to do is make them proud.

“When I was a little girl I prayed to god that someone would come along and love me and my wish was granted 100fold. I cherish the #kuntbrigade SOOO F*CKING MUCH, you guys are my rock, I love you guys so much and all I want to do is make you proud.”

The reactions to the post have so far been positive.

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