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Rapper handles his homophobic past like a real man

Apologies come in all shapes and sizes.

Clay Aiken apologized for supporting Trump with just a few simple words: “I am a f*****g dumbass.”

Good on you, Clay.

There are joke apologies — Russel Tovey issued one on behalf of his nipples.

And apologies that ring hollow. Remember when that Daily Beast reporter “apologized” for outing Olympic athletes seven months later.

And then there’s the “I’m sorry for using gay slurs” apology, a favorite among professional fighters.

British Rapper Stormzy was set to become the next public figure to issue a lukewarm apology after some of his old tweets found new light this week:

Yeah. Gross.

Well today Stormzy addressed the tweets head-on, and we’ve got to say, he’s handling it a way that really sounds genuine.

Here’s what he wrote:

“I said some foul and offensive things whilst tweeting years ago at a time when I was young and proudly ignorant. Very hurtful and discriminative views that I’ve unlearned as I’ve grown up and become a man..The comments I made were unacceptable and disgusting, full stop. Comments that I regret and to everyone I’ve offended, I am sorry, these are attitudes I’ve left in the past. The homophobic language I used was, embarrassingly, a part of my vocabulary when I was younger and…ignorance made me feel comfortable to use them whilst not understanding the hate and the ramifications they carry. That isn’t an excuse, I take responsibility for my mistakes and hope you can understand that my younger self doesn’t reflect who I am today. Again, I’m sorry to everyone I’ve offended. To the LGBQT community and my supporters and friends, my deepest apologies.”

Here’s how it looked on Twitter: