Paris Hilton's conversation in the back of an NYC cab was recently taken way out of context after the driver recorded it and circulated a small, offensive fraction of the audio around the web.
She wants her fans and the world to know the truth though, which is that she was NOT intentionally bashing the gay community, but rather talking about a very specific friend in Spain who has AIDS and continues to have unprotected sex.
The reality star and socialite has already called the recording and subsequent media reports "beyond lame", but is taking the next appropriate step and has issued a heartfelt apology.
Despite the negative audio snippet, Paris insists that she is and "always will be a huge supporter of the gay community." Read the entire statement she gave to GLAAD … AFTER THE JUMP!
"As anyone close to me knows, I always have been and always will be a huge supporter of the gay community. I am so sorry and so upset that I caused pain to my gay friends, fans and their families with the comments heard this morning. I was having this private conversation with a friend of mine who is gay and our conversation was in no way towards the entire gay community. It is the last thing that I would ever want to do and I cannot put into words how much I wish I could take back every word.
HIV/AIDS can hurt anyone, gay and straight, men and women. It's something I take very seriously and should not have been thrown around in conversation.
Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know. It is so wrong when people bully or put down others for being gay. No one should have to go through that. Again, I am so sorry from the bottom of my heart and I feel absolutely horrible. I hope that everyone can accept my apology and know that it is not who I am or how I feel in any way.
Thank you for taking a minute to read this, I love you."
We appreciate the apology, gurl!
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