Hannah Brown, the star of “The Bachelorette” Season 15, has issued an apology after she said the N-word on a Saturday Instagram Live.
“I owe you all a major apology,” the 25-year-old wrote in a statement posted Sunday on her Instagram Story. “There is no excuse and I will not justify what I said.”
The reality TV personality continued, “I have read your messages and seen the hurt I have caused. I own it all. I am terribly sorry and know that whether in public or private, this language is unacceptable. I promise to do better.”
On Saturday, Brown repeated the racial slur while rapping the lyrics to DaBaby’s “Rockstar.”
“I did?” Brown said after seeing negative comments about her blunder. “I’m so sorry... No, I was singing... I’m so sorry.”
After saying “sorry,” Brown appears to deny ever using the slur in the first place, and then claims she said it while “not even thinking.”
“I really don’t think I said that word, I don’t think I said that word, but now I’m like, ‘Oh God,’” she said. “I’d never use that word. I’ve never called anybody that. We don’t say that word.”
She continued, “Y’all can think I said whatever I did or think I’m something I’m not, but I’m not that. Look, people are going to want to think whatever they want to think of me, get mad at me, whatever. And even if I did accidentally say it, I’m very sorry, I was singing a song and not even thinking.”
After the controversial moment went viral, several Bachelor Nation contestants slammed Brown for uttering the hateful word.
Rachel Lindsay, the first and only black Bachelorette, exclaimed in a Sunday IG video, “We can’t give people a pass for this. We have to hold people accountable for what they’re doing.”
Though Lindsay acknowledged Brown’s apology, she added, “Non-black people should not feel OK about saying the word ------. It’s wrong. You should feel disgusted when you say that word. You should feel uncomfortable. That word has so much weight and history behind it. If you don’t know, please do yourself a favor and educate yourself on that word. That word was used to make black people feel less than ... and every time you use that word and you’re not black, you give that word power.”
Bekah Martinez, who appeared on Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season of “The Bachelor,” added on IG Story, “How are people still gonna defend CELEBS with SOOO much access to privilege, knowledge, and education saying the N-word… even if it’s ‘just the lyrics to a song.’”
However, Tyler Cameron — who was the runner-up on Brown’s season — told fans to go easy on Brown as “she is learning and growing just like every single one of us.”
“Love rides hate. Hate only makes more hate,” Cameron wrote. “Let’s learn and lift each other up with love.”