Madonna apologizes for racial slur

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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 file photo, Madonna's son, Rocco Ritchie, foreground, attends the world premiere of "Madonna: The MDNA Tour" at the Paris Theatre in New York. Madonna is apologizing for using a racial slur to refer to her white son Instagram. On Friday night, Jan. 17, 2014, she posted a picture of her 13-year-old son boxing and used a hashtag that contained a racial slur. When fans objected, she defiantly called them haters, but in a statement to The Associated Press on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, she was contrite and said: "Forgive me." (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 file photo, Madonna's son, Rocco Ritchie, foreground, attends the world premiere of "Madonna: The MDNA Tour" at the Paris Theatre in New York. Madonna is apologizing for using a racial slur to refer to her white son Instagram. On Friday night, Jan. 17, 2014, she posted a picture of her 13-year-old son boxing and used a hashtag that contained a racial slur. When fans objected, she defiantly called them haters, but in a statement to The Associated Press on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, she was contrite and said: "Forgive me." (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna is apologizing for using a racial slur to refer to her white son on Instagram.

On Friday night, she posted a picture of her 13-year-old son Rocco boxing and used a hashtag that contained a variation of the n-word.

When fans objected, she defiantly called them haters, but in a statement to The Associated Press on Saturday she was contrite, saying: "Forgive me."

Madonna said she is not a racist and she did not mean to use the word as a slur but knows there is no way to defend its use. She said she used it as a term of endearment.

She said she apologizes if it gave the wrong impression.

Besides Rocco, Madonna has three other children, including two black children adopted from the African nation Malawi.

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