Country star Blake Shelton has apologised for a series of racist and homophobic tweets he sent out years ago that came to light this week (beg15Aug16).
The Honey Bee singer, who is dating Gwen Stefani, has released a statement addressing the ill-advised correspondence from 2009 to 2011, which recently resurfaced online.
"Everyone knows comedy has been a major part of my career and it's always been out there for anyone to see," he writes. "That said anyone that knows me also knows I have no tolerance for hate of any kind or form.
"Can my humor at times be inappropriate? Yes. Hateful? Never. That said I deeply apologize to anyone who may have been offended."
The tweets in question, which have since been deleted, first resurfaced on Saturday (13Aug16). One of the most offensive remarks he made came in a post from March, 2011, when Blake wrote: "(I wish) the d**khead in the next room would either shut up or learn some English so I would at least know what he's planning to bomb!!"
In another post, Shelton suggests the man in front of him at a coffee shop might be gay after he orders "a skinny caramel latte".
After the tweets resurfaced over the weekend, followers began to attack Blake and the hashtag #BlakeSheltonIsOverParty began to circulate.