The 33-year-old Real Housewives of Potomac fame artist took to Twitter to apologize for her offensive tweets from nearly 10 years ago that have now been brought to the limelight. The Bravo star addressed her ‘loyal fanbase, particularly the LGBTQIA+ viewers’ while apologizing for the tweets.
Candiace said in her statement, ‘I want to address tweets that resurfaced from nearly 10 years ago that may have offended people I love dearly and those who have supported me as a Potomac Housewife.’
She thanked her fans especially those in the LGBTQIA+ community for their consistent support and love towards her and her work.
She continued, ‘I, alone, am responsible for my words and I deeply regret saying anything that could have hurt my friends, colleagues, family, and fans. At the time I was a private citizen, speaking carelessly and crassly as we often do, and for my lack of better judgement, I am sorry.’
Despite saying that she has ‘always considered myself an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community’, her comments on the community ‘were insensitive’; she also acknowledged the fact that her words ‘undermined the support, reverence, and love I have consistently tried to demonstrate through advocacy for LGBTQIA+ rights and causes, as well as my personal relationship with those who identify as LGBTQIA+.’
Further, she stated that she has now learned and matured over the past few years and still under the process of evolution.
Nonetheless, Candiace accepted that the words used by her were neither acceptable back then nor acceptable now.
The famous TV star said, ‘I acknowledge that my words were hurtful. And for that, I am deeply sorry.’
Despite the controversy pivoting her offensive comments, she said that she was ‘committed to the fight for equality for all.’
She went on to say, ‘While I’ve personally experienced the pain of disenfranchisement as a Black woman, I will never know firsthand the hurt many LGBTQIA+ people experience from pervasive discrimination, family rejection, barriers to employment, homelessness, homophobia, transphobia and more.’
Before finish her statement, Dillard termed this ‘a humbling experience’ and said that she was eager to learn more to ‘become a more effectively and empathetically.’
She concluded, ‘It’s imperative that we love more, have empathy, and search for understanding. I am truly sorry for my comments and I only ask for patience and understanding as I strive to evolve as a person.’
Not only Twitter but she also shared this message on her Instagram profile, where Leah McSweeny, the star of Real Housewives of New York supported her by commenting on a heart emoji.