Demi Lovato says sorry for sharing video of her mother joking about Zika
Published 14/08/2016 | 13:51
Demi Lovato has apologised after sharing a video of her mother joking about the Zika virus.
The 23-year-old singer came under fire from fans over the Snapchat clip which showed her mum Dianna Hart, who was drinking alcohol, saying: "Everybody down in Rio gonna get the Zika virus."
Lovato could be heard laughing in the background and the video sparked outrage online, where #DemiLovatoIsOverParty was trending on Twitter.
The star set the record straight on Twitter, writing: " In no way did I mean to offend anyone last night. I was laughing at how southern my mom sounded, not the issue at hand. Deepest apologies."
Addressing the hashtag, which was similar to one used for Taylor Swift's fall from grace over Kanye West's song Famous, s he added: " If you watch everything I do, you're still a fan.. I ain't goin nowhere bitches.
"It's an awesome feeling when you're so content with life and yourself that hate doesn't effect you.. Feelin' good y'all."
The Zika virus causes birth defects in babies and has badly affected South America, including Olympic host country Brazil.