Rihanna has come forward to apologize after receiving criticism from the Muslim community! As Entertainment Tonight shares, the singer posted a statement on her Instagram story addressing the fact that her recent Savage x Fenty fashion show made use of a song that sampled sacred Islamic text.
Rihanna thanks fans for their "forgiveness and understanding"
Rihanna had featured Coucou Chloe's 2016 song "DOOM" in the fashion show, and admitted she didn't realize it contained a remixed sample from the Hadith— a holy text for Muslims. "I'd like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our savage x fenty show," she said. "I would more importantly like to apologize to you for this honest, yet careless mistake. We understand that we have hurt many of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and I'm incredibly disheartened by this!"
The singer went on to take full ownership for what she had done by choosing that particular song without being informed, vowing to do better. "I do not play with any kind of disrespect toward God or any religion and therefore the use of the song in our project was completely irresponsible," she continued. "Moving forward we will make sure nothing like this ever happens again. Thank you for your forgiveness and understanding."
Rihanna not the only singer to issue apology about song
Rihanna wasn't the only singer involved in the controversy to not realize the track's offensive content. As Entertainment Tonight shares, the song's artist, Coucou Chloe, also took to social media to apologize! "The song was created using samples from Baile Funk tracks I found online," she explained on Instagram. "At the time, I was not aware that these samples used text from an Islamic Hadith."
"I take full responsibility for the fact that I did not research these words properly and want to thank those of you who have taken the time to explain this to me," Coucou Chloe continued, mentioning now that she's aware of the issue, she's taken action. "We have been in the process of having the song urgently removed from all streaming platforms," she stated.
Earlier this year, Rihanna shared why she hasn't released her new album yet, explaining that she feels it's just not ready! She also sat down with rapper A$AP Rocky ahead of the release of her new Fenty Beauty skincare line to talk about the changes needed in the beauty industry. We're glad that Rihanna listened to her fans and stepped up to take ownership of what ended up being an honest mistake!