Shania Twain has apologized for saying in an interview that she would have voted for Donald Trump had she been able to.
The Canadian-born country music superstar came under fire Sunday after telling The Guardian that she would have cast her vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, had she been able to vote.
“I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” she told The Guardian. “Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bulls—. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”
The reaction was swift on social media, with many cheering her on.
I’ve been listening to Shania Twain all day and honestly my soul has never been happier
— Maddie (@maddiecook_) April 23, 2018
Others turned their backs on her.
Can someone please tell Shania Twain that honest cruelty, bigotry & hate is still cruelty, bigotry & hate.
— Bryce Tache ???????? (@brycetache) April 23, 2018
Shortly thereafter, she issued the following statement to People:
“I would like to apologize to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with The Guardian relating to the American president.
“The question caught me off guard. As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context. I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current president.
“I was trying to explain, in response to a question about the election, that my limited understanding was that the president talked to a portion of America like an accessible person they could relate to, as he was NOT a politician. My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him. I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows.”