The celebrated singer responded Sunday to the Twitter hashtag #DojaCatIsOverParty. The hashtag emerged after a song she released in 2015 titled “Dindu Nuffin” resurfaced.
The song’s title refers to a racist slur used to mock victims of police brutality.
There were also claims that Doja Cat had participated in racist conversations online and she posted a statement on Instagram Sunday which began “I want to address what’s been happening on Twitter.”
“I’ve used public chat rooms to socialize since I was a child,” the statement from the 24-year-old singer read. “I shouldn’t have been on some of those chat room sites, but I personally have never been involved in any racist conversations. I’m sorry to everyone I offended.”
She also noted that she is “a black woman” and wrote “Half of my family is black from South Africa and I’m very proud of where I come from.”
Doja Cat took responsibility for writing and recording the controversial song, but said “it was in no way tied to anything outside of my own personal experience.”
“It was written in response to people who often used that term to hurt me,” the statement said. “I made an attempt to flip its meaning, but recognize that it was a bad decision to use the term in my music.”