Madonna has apologised for using a racial slur on Instagram to refer to her white son, seeking forgiveness a day after calling those who criticised her language"haters".
On Friday night, the singer posted a picture of her 13-year-old son, Rocco, boxing and included the comment, "No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out!" She then added a variation of a word used as a racial epithet.
She quickly deleted the comment when outraged Instagram users berated her for using the word, and was initially defiant. But in a statement issued on Saturday, a contrite Madonna said: "Forgive me."
"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," she said. "It was used as a term of endearment toward my son who is white."
Besides Rocco, she has three other children, Lourdes, David and Mercy. Mercy and David are black, adopted from the African nation of Malawi.
This is the second time this year that Madonna has offended people on Instagram. Earlier this month, she posted a photo of Rocco and his two young friends holding up bottles of liquor; she defended the post as a joke.