Stormzy has issued a response after it was discovered that he historically used homophobic language on social media.

The 24-year-old grime artist referred to users on Twitter as 'a f****t', 'a f*g' and 'gay', in at least 19 tweets between 2011 and 2014, prior to his rise to fame.

In one he wrote: "Put it on BBC1 this little black boy is a fucking f*g."

In another made in November 2011, in reference to EastEnders couple Christian and Syed, he tweeted: "Loooooool u see syed run into christians arm. Fucking f*g."

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However, he has now apologised for his homophobic comments, telling fans in a series of messages: 'I am sorry, these are attitudes I've left in the past'.

He wrote: "I said some foul and offensive things whilst tweeting years ago at a time when I was young and proudly ignorant. Very hurtful and discriminative [sic] views that I've unlearned as I've grown up and become a man.

"The comments I made were unacceptable and disgusting, full stop. Comments that I regret and to everyone I've offended, I am sorry, These are attitudes I've left in the past.

"The homophobic language I used was, embarrassingly, a part of my vocabulary when I was younger and...ignorance made me feel comfortable to use them whilst not understanding the hate and the ramifications they carry. That isn't an excuse, I take responsibility for my mistakes and hope you can understand that my younger self doesn't reflect who I am today.

"Again, I'm sorry to everyone I've offended. To the LGBQT community and my supporters and friends, my deepest apologies."

The news comes after YouTuber Jack Maynard was kicked off ITV's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here due to a similar string of racist and homophobic tweets he made between 2011 and 2013.

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James Dawson

James Dawson is a Journalist at LADbible. He has contributed articles to LADbible’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing EU’ series on the EU referendum, the 'Electoral Dysfunction' series on the 2017 general election, the ‘U OK M8?’ series tackling mental health amongst young men, and for its ‘Climate Change’ initiative in partnership with National Geographic.

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