Candiace Dillard, one of the stars of “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” has issued an apology for past tweets that many have deemed as “homophobic.”
“I want to address tweets that resurfaced from nearly 10 years ago that may have offended people I love dearly and those who have supported me as a Potomac Housewife,” the Bravolebrity began her message posted Wednesday on social media.
“I, alone, am responsible for my words and I deeply regret saying anything that could have hurt my friends, colleagues, family and fans. At the time I was a private citizen, speaking carelessly and crassly as we often do, and for my lack of better judgement, I am sorry,” she continued.
While the 33-year-old says she has always considered herself “an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community,” she recognizes that her words were “insensitive, and undermined the support, reverence, and love I have consistently tried to demonstrate through advocacy for LGBTQIA+ rights and causes, as well as my personal relationships with those who identify as LGBTQIA+.”
Noting that the controversy has been “a humbling experience,” Dillard says she remains committed “to learning and listening to become a more effective and empathetic ally.”
“I am truly sorry for my comments and I only ask for patience and understanding as I strive to evolve as a person,” she concluded.
I want to address tweets that resurfaced from nearly 10 years ago that may have offended people I love dearly and those who have supported me as a Potomac Housewife. pic.twitter.com/t5N4s4SoiW— Candiace Dillard Bassett (@candeegal) August 12, 2020
This week on Twitter, Freeish Media posted alleged screenshots in which Dillard makes offensive comments against effeminate men.
“Queenie gay men irk me,” she allegedly wrote in a tweet dated January 9, 2010.
That same year in October, Dillard allegedly responded to another tweet by writing, “I’m personally turned off by men who r too into fashion. It’s a fine line. When u do too much, I’m disgusted. Makes me think ‘gay.’”
The next month, Dillard allegedly suspected that her officemate “might be a little gay” because he “does some strange things,” and even allegedly targeted Apollo Nida, the now-ex-husband of Phaedra Parks — an alum on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
“Phaedra’s husband is so AWKWARD. Ughhhhh. I think he might be a little gay too… hmm….. #realhousewivesofatl,” she allegedly wrote.
In 2018, Dillard married restaurant owner Chris Bassett in a ceremony that was documented on “RHOP.”