Thursday 20 October 2016

Rapper Azealia Banks banned from Twitter after shocking tirade of abuse against Zayn Malik

Published 12/05/2016 | 20:49

Shock value: Rapper Azealia Banks
Shock value: Rapper Azealia Banks
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid in metallic mood (Invision/AP)

Outspoken Azealia Banks' Twitter account has been suspended following her hate-filled attack on singer Zayn Malik on Wednesday.

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The rapper took aim at the former One Direction star after he appeared to respond to her comments about the similarities between his new video and her Yung Rapunzel promo.

Her angry rant featured ill-advised racist jibes about Zayn's Asian roots.

She then turned on teenage Disney star Skai Jackson when the 14-year-old urged her to chill out following her attack on Zayn.

A war of words continued throughout Wednesday, with Banks offering up inappropriate, sex-themed tweets and unprovoked attacks on Jackson's mum. The tweets were later deleted.

Banks was subsequently removed from a headlining set at London's Born & Bred Festival after organisers stated they would not tolerate her language, and now it looks like the rapper's Twitter account has been suspended.

The rapper found an alternative way of briefly tweeting fans on Thursday, writing: "So @twitter suspended me? I'll be back you can't keep a black K**T down".

Meanwhile, Azealia is being investigated by authorities at the British Home Office over her Zayn Malik tweets, according to This could lead to a UK ban.

In a statement issued to NME, a Home Office spokesman said, "Coming to the U.K. is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values.

The UK Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is justified on public policy grounds."

However, the Home Office representative refused to confirm Azealia is under investigation.

Before her Twitter account went dark on Thursday, Banks issued a statement, in which she explained why she insulted Malik.

She also stated she believed she was corresponding with Skai Jackson's mother, not the teenager, during her fiery exchange on Wednesday, but the tweeted statement did not contain an apology in any form.

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