Madonna says she's sorry for using the N-word in a recent Instagram photo of her son, Rocco Ritchie.
The "Material Girl" posted the photo of her son boxing, with the caption "No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out!" with the hashtag #disni--a.
After facing backlash online, the singer deleted the caption and replaced it with, "Ok let me start this again. #get off of my d--k haters!"
Madonna released a statement Saturday, apologizing for her actions.
"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.. 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. Forgive me."
It's the second time in recent weeks that Madonna has faced some heat from an Instagram post. Earlier in January, she posted a picture of Rocco holding a bottle of gin with the caption, “The party has just begun! Bring it! 2014.”
Afterward, Madonna wrote on Instagram, "No one was drinking we were just having fun! Calm down and get a sense of humor!" She also wrote "Don't start the year off with judgement!"