Dua Lipa Apologises For Using The N-Word In A Resurfaced Cover From 2014
5 January 2018, 10:45 | Updated: 5 January 2018, 12:14
"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".
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.— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) January 5, 2018
I always stand up for social justice and I am very sorry to anyone that I have offended x— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) January 5, 2018
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.
What’s this I hear about Dua Lipa saying “nigga”? Ariana is really the only white woman of color I can trust. pic.twitter.com/Q7fc6wW6Rv— bri (@bigshitxtalker) January 5, 2018
Do stan twitter really think they get to decide something or have any impact on the industry? Do they really think Dua Lipa is over because they think so? Twitter is nothing but minority. pic.twitter.com/p87nzmpWQV— George (@PILLOWFlGHT) January 4, 2018
dua lipa literally spoke out and explained herself but y’all never gonna let her be in peace because shes finally getting that breakthrough that she deserves so bashing her is mandatory..— shane (@Iipagb) January 4, 2018
even if she didnt it doesnt matter. It was four years ago in a cover of a song who cares— BirthdayGhoulRiri (@badghoulririi) January 5, 2018
dua lipa saying the n word now means we can cut her and her rules off. wake up in his bed in the morning ladies, pick up your phones! pic.twitter.com/2ckOi5swFV— 𝔬𝔩𝔩𝔶𝔴𝔬𝔬𝔡™ (@makeupbyolly) January 5, 2018
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.