Iggy Azalea will not be a part of Pittsburgh Pride Saturday, the rapper tweeted Monday night. The rapper’s withdrawal from the performance is the most recent cancellation since she announced her tour, “The Great Escape,” would not go on because she had a “creative change of heart.”
Azalea explained she broke under the backlash from the LBGT community in Pittsburgh, who didn’t want her to perfom because of offensive things she has said. “This has been a difficult decision as I truly support the event and LGBTIQA communities; however, I feel my participation at this point would only serve to further distract from the true purpose of the event,” she said. “I am a firm believer in equality. Unfortunately, in the past as a young person, I used words I should not have. The last thing I want is for something so carelessly said to be interpreted as reflective of my character.”
Azalea continued: “I meant no harm and deeply regret ever uttering those words. As an adult I would never use them because I understand they play a detrimental role in the fight for issues that I do truly believe in. I am sorry to anyone I have offended or disappointed and I wish all my fans and friends participating in Pride the best of luck.”
A message to Pittsburgh pic.twitter.com/Jm6ZyX0Xyc
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) June 9, 2015
In the past, Azalea has been accused of homophobia. She wrote now-deleted tweets like, “When guys whisper in each others ears I always think its kinda homo," and "wondered why my butt felt like it was about to grow legs, flip me off & walk away. then I remembered i played soccer yestrdy w 5 d--- bitches,” Billboard reported.
In happier news for Azalea, boyfriend Nick Young recently proposed. She said yes.
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