Jess Glynne apologized for using “unacceptable” transphobic slur in an interview.
The singer appeared in a comedy podcast by Mo Gilligan last week, telling the story of a visit to a transgender strip club.
The punchline line of the story was about someone who felt uncomfortable among the people in the area.
‘I Am Wholeheartedly Sorry’
Jess wrote on Instagram “wholeheartedly sorry” after the clip was posted online and was widely criticized.
“The way it’s such an outdated term being used by someone within the LGBT community is a massive shame,” said one user.
“I want to address my appearance on the @mothecomedian podcast, when a story I told caused massive and righteous offence,” she wrote.
“Firstly, I want to say that I am wholeheartedly sorry”.
She continued: “I know that in this case, forgiveness is not enough, in all my life I have made many mistakes and I know that one benefit is to make one learn from it.
The word Jess used in her interview is one of the most widely used swear words in anti-trans online people, according to a recent study.
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“To be in the knowledge that I have negatively impacted the community through my own ignorance has ripped out a piece of my heart.” she explained.
“I know I needed to address my mistake head on and educate myself about an issue I was frankly ignorant of.
“The language that I used on the podcast was unacceptable, as someone that has always been immersed in the LGBTQ+ community, I have witnessed first hand the progress that has been made when it comes to language, I am ashamed that I was unaware of the potency of the T-slur until now.”
The singer then shared a list of organisations we she said her followers could “learn from”.
Organisers of London Trans Pride say the singer “still has a lot of work to do”, but called her apology “a step in the right direction”.