Ariana Grande has offered an apology in response to the backlash surrounding her latest single “7 rings“.
After Grande released the new track, rapper Princess Nokia, 26, shared a since-deleted video of herself on social media where she compared Grande’s “7 rings” line, “You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it,” to her own song “Mine” from her mixtape 1992.
“Does that sound familiar to you? ‘Cause that sound really familiar to me. Oh my God!” Nokia said in the clip.
“Ain’t that the lil song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmmmm… sounds about white,” she added.
In a since-deleted Instagram Story, Grande, 25, responded to Nokia’s criticism, writing, “White women talking about their weaves is how we’re gonna solve racism.”
Popular Instagram account The Shade Room posted the deleted story, writing, “This #PostAndDelete by #ArianaGrande has fans upset because they feel she’s missing the point of the backlash.”
Grande then commented on the post to apologize. “Hi hi 🖤,” she wrote. “I think her 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. 🖤.”