Dua Lipa Apologises For Using The N-Word In A Resurfaced Cover From 2014

5 January 2018, 10:45

Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa. Picture: Getty
Woodrow Whyte

By Woodrow Whyte

"I shouldn't have gone there"

Dua Lipa has been forced to apologise after seemingly using the 'n' word during a recently resurfaced cover she recorded back in 2014.

The cover of Mila J's 'Smoke, Drink, Break-Up' surfaced on the internet yesterday and on the track Dua can be heard singing the line, "You swear to god you ain’t fucking with a n*gga”, except the audio on the last word is distorted and faded, which produces the effect of it sounding like she pronounced the first letter of the word and nothing else. You can hear the recording over here.

When the cover started getting heat overnight, Dua took to Twitter to clarify the situation, insisting she "didn't say the full word" but admitted "I shouldn't have gone there at all".

The tweets reads: "In relation to my 2014 cover I never meant to offend or upset anyone. I didnt say the full word but I can admit I shouldnt have gone there at all and that a different word could’ve been recorded altogether to avoid offence and confusion. I wasn’t thinking it through at the time. I always stand up for social justice and I am very sorry to anyone that I have offended x"

People have been reacting on social media, mostly in support of Dua.

It was certainly a poor judgement call to use effects on that word instead of just censoring it altogether. That said, she's offered a sincere apology and has clearly learned since the time of recording that things like that aren't ok. Props to her for owning up to her mistakes like that.