Madonna came under fire over the weekend when it came to light she used the n-word on Instagram. She has since offered an apology.

On Friday, Madonna uploaded a photograph of her son Rocco Ritchie practicing boxing in a ring. She captioned the image, “No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out! #disnigga.”

Almost immediately, Madonna’s post received a swell of backlash. The pop legend, who has adopted two black children from Malawi, initially answered the outrage by reposting the image with a new caption. The second post read: "Ok let me start this again #get off my d–k haters!"

Unsurprisingly, Madonna’s failure to apologize and attempt to make light of her use of the n-word sparked even more outrage. The singer then opted for a formal apology. "Forgive me,” Madonna began her delayed statement of apology. “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. 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."

Earlier this month, Madonna caused controversy on Instagram with another picture of Rocco. In that image, her 13-year-old son was captured holding a bottle of liquor celebrating New Years. Answering to her critics, Madonna wrote, “Don’t start the year off with judgement.”

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