Dua Lipa has criticised her former collaborator DaBaby after the rapper made comments about people with HIV and gay men during one of his performances.
DaBaby performed at the Rolling Loud Miami festival on Sunday night, where videos shared to social media showed him telling the crowd: "If you didn't show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that'll make you die in two or three weeks, put your cellphone light up."
He also targeted gay men in reference to other sexual activities, asking those who did not take part in them to "put your cellphone light up".
English singer Dua Lipa, who worked with DaBaby on her track Levitating, has now taken to social media to condemn the remarks.
She wrote on her Instagram story: "I'm surprised and horrified at DaBaby's comments.
"I really don't recognise this as the person I worked with. I know my fans know where my heart lies and that I stand 100% with the LGBTQ community.
"We need to come together to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV/AIDS."
DaBaby, real name Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, took to Instagram stories on Monday where he appeared to double down on his comments.
He said in a series of videos: "What I do at a live show is for the audience at the live show.
"It'll never translate correctly to somebody looking at a little five, six-second clip from their goddamn crib on their phone. It just don't work like that."
He added that his gay fans "don't got AIDS" because "they take care of themselves".
On Tuesday, he took to Twitter where he attempted to apologise for the remarks.
He first told his followers of the backlash to his remarks: "I told you y'all digested that wrong."
DaBaby continued: "Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y'all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies.
"But the LGBT community... I ain't trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business is y’all business."
Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y'all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies ????— DaBaby (@DaBabyDaBaby) July 27, 2021
But the LGBT community... I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business is y’all business.
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