Cardi B Addresses Controversy Over Rita Ora Collaboration 'Girls'

Cardi B Addresses Controversy Over Rita Ora Collaboration 'Girls'

The song's lyrics - "Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls" - have come under heavy scrutiny from fans, critics, and other artists.

Cardi, who previously issued apologies for offensive terminology she once freely wielded and also stood up for fiancé Offset when he experienced a backlash of his own, tweeted out her response this morning. "I would never intentionally cause harm to other LBGTQ+ people or anyone".

"I know I have [used] words before that I wasn't aware that they are offensive to the LGBT community", Cardi continued.

The video for the song has already been shot with a planned release sometime in the near future.

'Girls was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life, ' she said.

"I am sorry how I expressed myself in my song hurt anyone".

But Rita's fellow singers Kehlani and Hayley Kiyoko have criticised the song, with Kiyoko saying its message was "dangerous" to the bisexual community.

Ora added: 'I'm ever thankful to my fans for teaching me to love myself no matter what.

I have strived to be a contributor to the LGBT+ community throughout my entire career and always will be.

The "Bodak Yellow" singer took the moment to also apologize for her past use of gay slurs, loosely referencing a controversy previous year when her fiancé Offset used the phrase "I can not vibe with queers" in a freestyle verse and she defended him. In the wake of backlash from Hayley Kiyoko, Kehlani, and others, Ora responded to the criticism on Monday by sharing that she's had relationships with both men and women.

When a fan tweeted to her that she had a similar experience with using the word "dyke", Cardi retweeted her and wrote, "Exactly me too. & have met them all and respect them. there. were. harmful. lyrics. period. love y'all".