The Bachelorette alum Hannah Brown issued an apology on Sunday after she used a racial epithet earlier this weekend. Brown reportedly used the slur during an Instagram live session while reciting the lyrics of a rap song. After the reality television star took some heat from critics and fans alike, she issued an apology for using the word in an Instagram story, according to Variety.
“I owe you all a major apology. There is no excuse, and I will not justify what I said. I have read your messages and seen the hurt that I have caused. I own it all. I am terribly sorry and know that whether in public or private, this language is unacceptable. I promise to do better.”
The post on Sunday night was the reality star’s second apology for the incident. Some critics felt as though her first apology seemed more like a denial.
In the original Instagram post, which is no longer available on her account, Brown was attempting to sing the lyrics to rapper DaBaby’s song “Rockstar” aloud when she came to a line that included the N-word. Instead of avoiding using the word, she said it out loud. The usage drew criticism on social media shortly thereafter.
Once users started pointing out what she said, she initially claimed she didn’t think she actually had said it. At one point, an unseen person just off-camera encouraged her to blame her brother. After Brown once again said she didn’t think she had said it, she did claim it was her brother Patrick who had used the word.
After users on social media continued to call for Brown to issue a real apology and take ownership of what she did, she did take full responsibility while saying she understood the pain she had caused.
Brown rose to fame after appearing on Season 15 of The Bachelorette. She has since appeared on Season 28 of Dancing with the Stars in the fall of 2019.
This isn’t the first time Brown has drawn criticism from her followers and fans during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The reality television star was chastised after she left Florida — where she had been quarantined — to go to her family’s home in Alabama. Upon her arrival, Brown posted a video on TikTok showing her dancing alongside her father. Users posted in the comments section of that video that she had not been handling social distancing very well.