Madonna apologized for calling her white 13-year-old son the N-word on Instagram, claiming it was meant to be a “term of endearment.”
The 55-year-old pop star posted a picture of her son Rocco on Friday with the caption, “No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out! #disn---a."
"I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N-word on Instagram," she told E! News in a statement on Saturday. "It was not meant as a racial slur...I am not a racist."
She said the word isn’t racist because it was not her intention to use it in a racist way.
"There's no way to defend the use of the word. It was all about intention ... It was used as a term of endearment toward my son who is white. I appreciate that it's a provocative word and I apologize if it gave people the wrong impression. Forgive me,” she wrote.
She quickly deleted the comment Friday and wrote instead, “Ok let me start this again. #get off of my d*ck haters!”
The original post, however, did not go unnoticed.
On user wrote, “really @madonna ??!! why do you think it’s EVER appropriate for ANYONE to use that word??!! total disrepect.”
"I don't have people policing me because I am not a celebrity with millions of fans all over the world," @kinkaloe wrote on Instagram. "This is f--king Madge, she is a legend, people are watching her and WILL comment if she says something ignorant."
Earlier this month Madonna was under fire for posting a picture of Rocco holding a bottle of gin while vacationing in the Swiss Alps.
"No one was drinking we were just having fun! Calm down and get a sense of humor!" she responded to the backlash Jan. 5. "Don't start the year off with judgment!"