Jess Glynne has received immense criticism after using a transphobic slur during an interview on comedian Mo Gilligan’s podcast.

The well-known singer-songwriter used one of the most common slurs that are used against trans people to describe a strip club she visited, whilst speaking to Gilligan as part of his podcast that aired last week.

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It has now been removed, but in the podcast she described a story where “the funniest bit” when she was at “a tr*nny like strip club thing“. She said she was with a “bad man” at the time, and both Jess and Mo laughed at her impression of him being uncomfortable in that setting.

Following backlash, she issued a detailed apology on her Instagram:

“I want to address my appearance on the @mothecomedian podcast, when a story I told caused massive and righteous offence. Firstly, I want to say that I am wholeheartedly sorry. I know that in this case, sorry is not nearly enough, throughout my life I have made a lot of mistakes and what I have come to know is that the only benefit to making one is to learn from it. I didn’t want to simply put out a PR apology on social media because I know that I have caused offence and pain to a community that I love and have always wanted to support. To be in the knowledge that I have negatively impacted the community through my own ignorance has ripped out a piece of my heart. I know I needed to address my mistake head on and educate myself about an issue I was frankly ignorant of.

The language that I used on the podcast was unacceptable, as someone that has always been immersed in the LGBTO, community, I have witnessed first hand the progress that has been made when it comes to language, I am ashamed that I was unaware of the potency of the T-slur until now. I have been fortunate enough and privileged enough to spend time today talking to the transgender model and activist @danistjames who has educated me about the power of that word and how it has been historically used as a weapon against so many. It is often the last word someone hears before they are brutally attacked or even murdered, similar to the anti-gay F-slur, the T-slur is commonly used to humiliate and degrade transgender individuals. Murders and attacks are commonplace in this community and safe environments are paramount. I now understand how insulting it was to see a clip of me and @mothecomedian laughing at a story which I should have known better than to tell and casually, thoughtlessly using a word that is a dehumanising, dangerous slur to so many. Today I have learnt something that I will carry with me for the rest of my fife. I hope by using my platform to apologise I can also start the conversation and others may benefit from being educated by braver souls than myself, I know that with a platform of my size, I have a responsibility to host the voices of many, over the coming weeks and beyond, I will be lending my platforms to voices of the community and I look forward to continuing my education on these issues.

For now, here are a few of organisations that we can all turn to, to learn @Notaphaseorg @Londontranspride @mermaidsgender @genderedintelligence @fiveforfivecouk @aktcharity @blacktransfoundation @transactualuk

I do believe personal development never ends but we have to make a commitment to change and I will be taking some time to continue to grow. Thank you for taking the time to listen to me, and thank you again @danistjames.

Love Jess.”

The pop star has since deleted her social media accounts, presumably temporarily. Mo Gilligan is yet to comment on the situation.

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