Danny has spoken after leaving the villa (Picture: ITV)
Danny Bibby has broken his silence on his use of a racial slur after he was booted from the Love Island villa this week.
The reality star was forced to issue an apology through ITV from the villa, after historic Instagram comments were unearthed in which he used the N-word in 2019.
Addressing the use of the word, Danny took to his social media to apologise, insisting he won’t be using it again and that he now understands how offensive it is in any context.
He wrote on Friday: ‘Hello everyone, I am finally home safe and sound and back with my friends and family and more importantly my cat ruffin.
‘Whilst I would have liked to have stayed in a little longer so people could have got to know the real Danny Bibby, I am glad to be back so I can address the matter of the post on Instagram properly.
‘Whilst I was made aware of this and issued an apology whilst in the villa, the matter has always been on the front of my mind during the days in there and I would like to now add to what was said.
‘After seeing all the comments and reaction to the post, I understand more that the use of the word, even in the way it was written and intended, is deeply offensive to people and I am truly sorry for using that word. [sic]’
He continued, claiming he used it as a reference to ‘friend’: ‘I was always aware that written in the other way was a vile term, and I would never use it. But I was unaware that the way I used it was not. I have listened too the likes of 50cent, drake and Eminem since I was a kid, and I used it like they do as a term of friends/bro/brother.
‘THAT IS THE TRUTH. I now know the term is unacceptable in any context, and will NEVER use it again.
‘Education is key to solving problems, and I have learned a very valuable lesson. I hope others will too. I whole heartedly apologise to anyone who I have offended and ask your forgiveness. [sic]’
Adding he ‘would like to now get on a normal life with my brilliant friends and family’, he concluded: ‘I’d like to say a big thank you to all my friends, family and the public for their overwhelming support throughout my love island journey.’
He only lasted a few days in the villa (Picture: ITV)
He’d earlier said in a statement from the villa: ‘I’d like to take the time to apologise to anyone that may have taken offence to my inappropriate remark.
‘I never meant anything malicious by this comment at all. I am not a racist person and it’s unacceptable language and ignorant. I meant no offence and feel like I have really learnt from my mistakes and will never use that word again.
‘I am a kind loving person and hopefully you get to see that in the show.’
The ITV2 show was hit with 1,500 Ofcom complaints over ‘contestant casting’ in the wake of Danny’s appearance, before he was dumped after coupling up with Lucinda Strafford.
The regulator received 1,081 complaints about the episode which aired on July 15, and a further 426 complaints regarding the episode on July 18.
The regulator confirmed to Metro.co.uk that the 1,507 complaints were all regarding contestant casting.
Love Island continues 9pm on ITV2.
Credit: Original article published here.