Paris Hilton publicly apologized following the controversy surrounding a recording of the hotel heiress where she is heard saying anti-gay comments.
During the conversation, which was secretly recorded by a taxi driver and posted on Sept. 20 by RadarOnline, Hilton talked to a friend about Grindr, the popular hook up app for gay men, and that’s when she said, "Gay guys are the horniest people in the world...they're disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS."
And she went on: "I would be so scared if I was a gay guy...you'll, like, die of AIDS," Hilton said.
(Listen to the full audio on RadarOnline here)
A publicist for the reality TV star came out later that day saying the conversation had been taken out of context.
Now Hilton has released her official apology through Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Twitter.
Read Hilton’s full apology below:
As anyone close to me knows, I always have been and always will be a huge supporter of the gay community. I am so sorry and so upset that I caused pain to my gay friends, fans and their families with the comments heard this morning. I was having this private conversation with a friend of mine who is gay and our conversation was in no way towards the entire gay community. It is the last thing that I would ever want to do and I cannot put into words how much I wish I could take back every word.
HIV/AIDS can hurt anyone, gay and straight, men and women. It's something I take very seriously and should not have been thrown around in conversation.
Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know. It is so wrong when people bully or put down others for being gay. No one should have to go through that. Again, I am so sorry from the bottom of my heart and I feel absolutely horrible. I hope that everyone can accept my apology and know that it is not who I am or how I feel in any way.
Thank you for taking a minute to read this, I love you.