MOTHER AND SON: Madonna with Rocco Ritchie
POP ICON Madonna has had to apologise following her decision to post an image of her son with a caption containing the N-word.
The music queen, whose career has spanned decades with numerous image reinventions, issued a grovelling statement yesterday (Jan 19) calling for forgiveness over the “provocative word” she used to describe her white son Rocco Ritchie.
Madonna, 55, said: “I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N-word on Instagram.
“It was not meant as a racial slur... I am not a racist.
“There's no way to defend the use of the word.”
She added: “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 apologise if it gave people the wrong impression. Forgive me.”
The offending post from the Like A Virgin star was in a caption below an image featuring her 13-year-old boy boxing, and it reads: “No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out! #disni**a”.
The post was soon deleted, but Madonna seemed unapologetic at first when she responded to criticism by imagining she has male genitalia, saying: “Ok let me start this again. #get off of my d**k haters!”