Once you post something on the internet, it’s never really gone—no matter how long ago you deleted it. Right now, Camila Cabello is finding out what happens when those posts resurface.
Here’s what happened, in case you don’t spend all your free time on the socials. A Twitter user named @motivatefenty posted a thread with a number of screenshots from (what is believed to be) Cabello’s old Tumblr account that show her using racially insensitive language and reblogging a number of racist or xenophobic tropes and images.
The 22-year-old singer then posted an apology to Twitter and Instagram Stories on Wednesday, December 18. “When I was younger, I used language that I’m deeply ashamed of and will regret forever,” she writes. “I was uneducated and ignorant and once I became aware of the history and the weight and the true meaning behind this horrible language, I was deeply embarrassed I ever used it.”
“I apologized then and I apologize now,” Cabello continues. ““I would never intentionally hurt anyone and I regret it from the bottom of my heart. As much as I wish I could, I can’t go back in time and change things I said in the past. But once you know better, you do better and that’s all I can do.”
She adds that she has grown and changed since the time when she was posting those things to Tumblr and now uses her platforms “to speak out about injustice and inequality.”
“I’m 22 now, I’m an adult and I’ve grown and learned and am conscious and aware of the history and the pain it carries in a way I wasn’t before,” she says. “Those mistakes don’t represent the person I am or a person I’ve ever been. I only stand and have ever stood for love and inclusivity, and my heart has never, even then, had any ounce of hate or divisiveness.”
Read Cabello’s full apology below.