Rapper Does the Unthinkable Regarding Racist Zayn Malik Rant… 5. Months. Later.

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We so did not see this one coming.

Back in May, Azealia Banks went on a homophobic and racist rampage against Zayn Malik, saying, “Dude, I make better music than you. Simmer down with that fake white boy rebellion and that wannabe [sic] Bieber swag… Lol u a bitch n*gga for even responding like that. Keep sucking this yung rapunxel d*ck u hairy curry scented bitch,” among other things.

Zayn responded, “@AZEALIABANKS why you been saying nasty things about me? I wasn’t talking about you lol.”

That was far from the end of it, as the 25-year-old rapper even got into a feud with 14-year-old Skai Jackson, after the Disney Channel star said she needed to “simmer down a little.”

The only reason things came to an end at the time was because Azealia was suspended from Twitter post-rant.

But if you thought everything was said and done, you thought WRONG. 5 months later, the rapper did the unthinkable… and actually apologized!!! In an open letter (via Us Weekly) to the 23-year-old former One Direction hottie, Azealia said, “There are no words that can fully express how sorry I am. Recent events have taught me the importance of taking accountability for ones actions. I want and need to say I am sorry, I was wrong.”

“I reached out, on Twitter, to congratulate you on leaving One Direction and finding your own path,” she explained. Many artists sell their souls to this business and sacrifice their happiness for a career; walking away took bravery, strength, formidable principles and a powerful sense of self-worth. I applaud you for this.”

She continued, “After my tweets, you tweeted something completely unrelated to me and I mistook it for a personal attack. This set me off and I began a reckless and unacceptable rant; but every cloud has a silver lining and what happened has taught me that not everything is about me and not everything is directed at me. Thank you for teaching me this, it is a lesson I desperately needed to learn.”

“As a black woman, in America, I sometimes forget that there are words and comments that hurt other communities,” she added. “At times, I am so consumed by my own struggle, and the struggle of my race, that I forget to consider the hardships other minorities continue to endure.”

“Coming from an ethnicity that is largely discriminated against does not warrant a license to use derogatory, abusive terminology nor does it give me the right to make hurtful remarks,” she realized. “I [sic] apologize not only to you, Zayn, but to all those I hurt and offended. I am not cruel, nor am I heartless or vindictive. There is a lot of love in my heart and there is good in my soul. What I did was wrong and I am committed to becoming a better person.”

She concluded, “Zayn, I think you are enormously talented and “Pillowtalk” is an incredible song. I wish you success, love and happiness in all your personal and professional endeavors. Throughout my transgressions you remained a gentleman and I applaud you for displaying class and maintaining a level head. The world could learn a lot from you and I hope you can find room in your heart to accept my sincerest apologies.”

Well, better late than never, right?
Of course, Zayn’s thrown his fair share of insults, too — even at One Direction!