"It's never my intention to offend anybody," Grande says in her apology.
Ariana Grande has responded to the backlash surrounding her new single "7 Rings."
The pop singer's latest song, which dropped last Thursday, has been met with quite a bit of criticism -- including some who think it rips off other artists. However, there is one lyric in particular, when Grande talks about her weave, that has caused even more drama.
Some fans already had issues with "7 Rings" when Grande sings, "You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it/I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it," which they felt represented cultural appropriation.
Following the release of the song, which was co-written by the singer and a few of her close friends, Grande quoted the lyrics on her Instagram story and added what has proven to be a controversial statement. "'You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it," she wrote. "White women talking about their weaves is how we're gonna solve racism."
On Sunday, The Shade Room posted a screenshot of Grande's since-deleted message and wrote, "This #PostAndDelete by #ArianaGrande has fans upset because they feel she's missing the point of the backlash."
In response, the "Breathin'" singer commented on the post and offered an apology to those she may have offended.
"Hi hi," she wrote. "I think her (sic) intention was to be like... yay a white person disassociating the negative stariotype [sic] that is paired with the word 'weave... however I'm so sorry my response was out of pocket or if it came across the wrong way. Thanks for opening the conversation and like...to everyone for talking to me about it. It's never my intention to offend anybody."
This isn't the only backlash Grande has faced over the new song. Multiple artists have accused the 25-year-old songstress of ripping off their own music.
Rapper Princess Nokia pointed out the similarities between the "7 Rings" lyrics about hair we spoke about above and certain lines from her track "Mine."
As Grande repeats in the song, "You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it/I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it." In Princess Nokia's song, she raps, "Flip the weave, I am a stunner/ It's mine, I bought it/It's mine, I bought it."
Princess Nokia slammed Grande in a since-deleted video. "Does that sound familiar to you? 'Cause that sound really familiar to me. Oh my god!" she said. "Ain't that the lil' song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmm...sounds about white."
Soulja Boy has probably been the most vocal in his accusations. The artist went on a Twitter rant on Saturday, where he claimed that Grande stole from his song "Pretty Boy Swag."
"Give me my credit. Period," he wrote and added in another tweeted. "Lol stop stealing my swag. Word."
"You're a thief," the MC also tweeted.
Hip-hop star 2 Chainz had some issues with Grande's music video in particular. The "We Own It" singer pointed out the similar visuals between his "Door Swangin'" video with "7 Rings." Both of the clips feature pink houses.
"Tryna figure out if I should Big Draco @arianagrande," 2 Chainz captioned a clip of the video on Instagram. "y'all tell me in the comments. #bigdracovibesall2019."
"Big Draco" is a nickname for Soulja Boy. Just last week, in fact, the "CranK That" rapper trashed fellow artists Kanye West, Tyga and Drake on "The Breakfast Club." Soulja also claimed he taught "Drake everything he know[s]".
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