Celebrity apologies have grown into a genre of their own over the past decade, with everything from minor transgressions to court cases requiring a statement of regret based on a notes app.
Whether they’re timely or decades overdue, one thing’s for sure is celebrity apologies always raise the ratings. They generate headlines, they appear in revealing interviews, and they appear in the sidebar of the trending topic bar on Twitter.
It seems celebs can’t help but make big mistakes, and we owe them (along with their timely public relations interventions) to thank for so many great news this year.
2021 has seen classic excuses from famous people, high and low, for actions both big and small. Join us as we dive into some of the hottest âI’m Sorryâ of the year.
In May of this year, model, entrepreneur and Twitter personality Chrissy Teigen wrote a series of tweets apologizing to Courtney Stodden for the cruel remarks made in 2011.
Teigen – who was 25 at the time – reportedly sent DMs to Stodden, then 16, urging them to kill themselves. The teenager was in a high-profile marriage at the time to Green Mile star Doug Hutchinson, who was over 30 years their senior.
In a blog post written in June, Teigen said she sought therapy and changed since becoming a wife and mother as she apologized to Stodden and others.
âThere is just no excuse for my horrible past tweets,â Teigen wrote.
“I was a troll, period. And I’m so sorry.”
âI took to Twitter to try and get attention and show what I thought at the time to be a crass, smart, harmless joke. I thought it made me cool and easy to understand if I didn’t care. celebrities. “
In July, rapper DaBaby angered many fans with homophobic comments made at a music festival in Miami. During a performance, the “BOP on Broadway” artist urged members of her audience to turn on their phones, except for those who were HIV positive or gay who were having sex in parking lots.
On stage, DaBaby also claimed (incorrectly) that HIV can kill an infected person in “two or three weeks.”
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DaBaby was quickly pulled out of his collaboration with fast fashion retailer Boohoo and condemned by Dua Lipa for releasing a song with him.
Although he appeared to be defending his comments on Instagram and Twitter, DaBaby ultimately apologized on Twitter, saying:
“Anyone who has ever been [affected] with AIDS / HIV you all have a right to be upset, âDaBaby said in her tweet.
âThe LGBT communityâ¦ I’m not cheating on you, am I. Your business is your business.â
DaBaby tweeted a subsequent apology in which he appeared to bemoan his treatment on social media and in the music industry, which was later deleted. To this day, his attitude towards his words is ambiguous.
This year, JT has issued an apology (long regarded in some circles) for his behavior towards singer Janet Jackson at the 2004 Super Bowl.
Timberlake performed at halftime with the “Together Again” singer and infamously ripped off part of her costume at the end of their act, exposing Jackson’s chest.
The incident is widely believed to have ended Jackson’s career, with rumors she was blackballed by CBS’s Les Moovnes. Meanwhile, Timerlake’s post-NSYNC solo career grew stronger.
The star has long been criticized for her actions, as well as her demeanor towards former girlfriend Britney Spears, which was featured in the documentary “Framing Britney Spears” this year.
In a long instagram post, the ‘Cry Me a River’ singer wrote: ‘I am deeply sorry for the times in my life when my actions contributed to the problem, where I in turn spoke, or did not. not talked about what was right.
“I understand that I have failed in these times and many others and that I have benefited from a system that tolerates misogyny and racism.”
Perez Hilton is another celebrity who has apologized to Britney Spears this year in light of the high-profile legal battle to end her guardianship.
In the 2000s, Hilton was a leading gossip columnist who wrote numerous rants about celebrities and their antics. However, it looked like the Celebrity Big Brother star’s chickens had come home to roost when “Framing Britney Spears” came out.
The documentary highlighted the many cruel things Hilton had said about the singer, including calling her an unfit mother and having t-shirts printed that read “Why couldn’t that be Britney?” after Heath Ledger’s death in 2008.
In the fury that followed the New York Times film, Hilton appeared on Good Morning Britain to apologize to Spears, saying:
“I regret much or most of what I said about Britney,
“Fortunately, hopefully many of us are getting older and wiser.”
In many ways, the 2020s kicked off a decade of Diana. For the past two years, Kristen Stewart has played the princess in the movie “Spencer”, her first relationship with Prince Charles has been fictionalized in “The Crown”, and she has received the highest honor a cultural figure can. get into our contemporary media landscape. ; the subject of a Netflix documentary.
But potentially the biggest moment for the People’s Princess was the posthumous apology from journalist Martin Bashir.
Bashir, who was responsible for the infamous revealing Princess Diana interview in 1995, has been confirmed to have cheated on Diana and her brother Charles Spencer earlier this year. After years of rumors, an investigation revealed that Bashir enlisted the help of a graphic designer to forge fake bank statements that showed Spencer’s employees taking money from News International.
It was apparently this action that convinced the princess to do her interview, which was watched by 23 million viewers, kicked off Bashir’s career in earnest and gave the world the line “there were three of us in this marriage” .
After the investigation – which accused BBC bosses of being gullible and “woefully ineffective” – ââBashir apologized to Diana and her surviving relatives, saying:
“I apologized then, and I’m doing it again now, for asking that the bank statements be faked.” It was a stupid thing to do and it is an action that I deeply regret.
Despite this, Bashir claimed that Princess Diana was happy with the outcome of the interview and would have participated anyway.
European Super League
Outrage greeted the announcement this year that 12 European teams from England, Spain and Italy are planning a separation league, the European Super League (ESL).
AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, ââInter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur all participated in the proposed plan which would see the big hitters s ‘face in a league separate from UEFA Champions and Europa.
The plan was condemned by all football associations in the three nations as well as by UEFA, but received the most scathing reaction from supporters. The outcry was such that ESL was abandoned and a creeping apology was issued by the British teams.
However, the Spanish and Italian members of the so-called “dirty dozen” issued a provocative statement which said they were still “convinced that the current status quo in European football must change”.