Gina Rodriguez Apology: 'Jane the Virgin' Star Sorry for Singing N-Word

Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez has apologized after causing Twitter-wide outrage Tuesday when she sang the N-word in a line from the Fugees' "Ready or Not" in a clip uploaded to her Instagram Stories.

In a now-deleted post, Rodriguez, while having her hair and make-up done, sang along to a line originally rapped by Lauryn Hill that includes the lyrics, "I can do what you do, easy, believe me, fronting n****s give me heebee-jeebies."

Gina Rodriguez is trending on Twitter after rapping the n-word in a now-deleted Instagram story. pic.twitter.com/5MWvkjDu1L

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Rodriguez quickly began trending worldwide on Twitter as social media users called her out on her use of the N-word in the video, which many found especially egregious because of a past controversy over racism.

In a statement posted on Instagram on Wednesday morning, Rodriguez said she is "deeply sorry for the pain I have caused" and conceded the N-word comes with a "legacy of hurt and pain that I cannot even imagine."

Read the full statement below:

In song or real life, the words that I spoke, should not have been spoken. I grew up loving the Fugees and Lauryn Hill. I thoughtlessly sang along to the lyrics of a favorite song, and even worse, I posted it.

The word I sang carries with it a legacy of hurt and pain that I cannot even imagine. Whatever consequences I face for my actions today, none will be more hurtful than the personal remorse I feel.

Watching my own video playing back at me has shaken me to my core. It is humiliating that this has to be a public lesson but it is indeed a much deserved lesson.

I feel so deeply protective and responsible to the community of color but I have let this community down.

I have some serious learning and growing to do and I am so deeply sorry for the pain I have caused.

Gina Rodriguez accused of anti-blackness

Rodriguez, 35, has been accused of anti-blackness in the past, including erasure of black women when she interrupted a reporter during a joint interview with Smallfoot co-star Yara Shahidi.

The reporter said Shahidi is "goals for so many young black women," to which Rodriguez responded: "For so many women. Women."

Ima just leave this fabulous interview here cc: @BlogXilla pic.twitter.com/zffrve18IR

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In 2017, Rodriguez tweeted, "Marvel and DC are killing it in inclusion and women" at a time when the majority-black Black Panther film was being promoted but questioned "where are the Latinos?!"

In an interview with SiriusXM Shade 45's Sway in the Morning, Rodriguez addressed accusations of anti-black sentiment, breaking down and saying her father is dark-skinned and Afro-Latino.

"The backlash was devastating to say the least," said the actress.

"The black community was the only community I looked to growing up. We didn't have that many Latino shows, so the black community made me feel like I was seen. So to get anti-black is saying that I'm anti-family."