It’s been a rough week for hip hop artist Azealia Banks.
After she claimed to have been physically assaulted by actor Russell Crowe while attending a gathering in his Beverly Hills hotel suite, veteran Wu Tang rapper RZA—who brought her to the event—denied it ever happening, putting blame on Banks’ actions.
She also bailed on the record deal she had signed with RZA’s record label [LINK: http://www.complex.com/music/2016/10/azealia-banks-pulling-out-record-deal-rza-following-fight-with-russell-crowe]
But it now seems that the incident has deeply affected the outspoken rapper, and she has written a letter of apology to one of her previous twitter foes: former One Direction band member, Zayn Malik.
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In May, the Harlem native took to Twitter to accuse Malik of plagiarizing her “Like I would” video. The tirade then turned racist with Banks calling Malik a “sand n—–” and a “f—–“. Her twitter account was suspended.
But she saw the light Friday in her apology to Malik saying, she is learning to taking accountability for her words — an acknowledgment of her reputation as cyberbully
“There are no words that can fully express how sorry I am,” the letter begins. “Recent events have taught me the importance of taking accountability for one’s actions. I want and need to say I am sorry, I was wrong.”
“At times, I am so consumed by my own struggle, and the struggle of my race, that I forget to consider the hardships other minorities continue to endure,” Banks continues. “Coming from an ethnicity that is largely discriminated against does not warrant a license to use derogatory, abusive terminology nor does it give me the right to make hurtful remarks. I apologize not only to you, Zayn, but to all those I hurt and offended. I am not cruel, nor am I heartless or vindictive. There is a lot of love in my heart and there is good in my soul. What I did was wrong and I am committed to being a better person.”
We wish Banks the best on this new journey.