Madonna is under fire for her use of the “n-word” on Instagram. The word appeared in the caption of a picture featuring several of the singer’s children.

After initially calling those who criticized her use of the word “haters,” Madonna issued an apology.

“I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N word on Instagram. It was not meant as a racial slur. I am not a racist. There’s no way to defend the use of the word. It was all about intention,” she said. “It was used as a term of endearment toward my son who is white. I appreciate that it’s a provocative word and I apologize if it gave people the wrong impression.”

Source: AP