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Beyoncé released her new album Renaissance last week. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Beyoncé released her new album Renaissance last week. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Beyoncé released her new album Renaissance last week. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Beyoncé will replace an offensive term used in her song Heated which prompted a backlash from some fans and a disability charity.

The track features on the American singer-songwriter’s highly anticipated seventh studio album, Renaissance, which was released last week.

Representatives for the 40-year-old confirmed the word, which was “not used intentionally in a harmful manner”, will be replaced in Heated, which was co-written by Canadian rapper Drake, and includes an ableist slur used twice at the end of the song.

The term is sometimes used to refer to individuals with cerebral palsy, a condition which affects sufferers’ muscle co-ordination.

Prior to Beyoncé’s decision to replace the use of the offensive term, disability equality UK charity Scope spoke out against her use of the word which rap star Lizzo also recently used in a song.

The charity’s media manager Warren Kirwan said: “It’s appalling that one of the world’s biggest stars has chosen to include this deeply offensive term.”

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