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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