Demi Lovato has issued an apology for making fun of the Zika virus on her Snapchat account. This past Friday night (Aug. 12), the singer joked about the citizens of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil catching the virus, but she made amends once she received harsh online criticism.
In the Snapchat video which has since been deleted from her account, her mother, Dianna Hart, says into the camera, “Everybody down in Rio gonna get the Zika virus.” Lovato can be heard laughing in the background according to Billboard.
Immediately following the post, those on social media reacted strongly to the comment and the hashtag #DemiLovatoIsOverParty began trending. Lovato responded quickly, Saturday morning to be exact, with an apology.
“In no way did I mean to offend anyone last night,” the star wrote on Twitter. “I was laughing at how southern my mom sounded, not the issue at hand. Deepest apologies.”
In no way did I mean to offend anyone last night. I was laughing at how southern my mom sounded, not the issue at hand. Deepest apologies.
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) August 13, 2016
Her second tweet read, “If you watch everything I do, you’re still a fan.. I ain’t goin nowhere b*tches."
In other Lovato news, the singer recently reunited with Joe Jonas onstage during her Future Now Tour with his brother Nick Jonas for a duet from the popular 2008 Disney film, Camp Rock. The duet came as a surprise to everyone in the crowd as Joe began to sing “Gotta Find You,” while Nick played guitar and Lovato launched into her song “This Is Me.” The two reportedly sang together simultaneously.
Their Camp Rock duet is notable because it is the Disney project that launched both of their careers. Joe and Lovato also dated three years after the film debuted, and remained close friends when it didn't work out.