In a series of tweets, the rapper claimed that the song was not intended to "cause harm."
"I personally myself had experiences with other women, shit with a lot of women!" Cardi wrote. "I thought the song was a good song and I remember my experience."
She continued to explain that in the past, her lack of awareness has caused her to use terms considered offensive to the LGBTQ+ community. She apologized for any previous offence and said that once she learned what terms were offensive, she stopped using them.
Read her full comments below.
Listen to "GIRLS" by Rita Ora ft me @BebeRexha @charli_xcx .We never try to cause harm or had bad intentions with the song .I personally myself had experiences with other woman ,shiieeett with a lot of woman ! I though the song was a good song and i remember my experience .— iamcardib (@iamcardib) May 15, 2018
I know i have use words before that i wasn't aware that they are offensive to the LGBT community .I apologize for that .Not everybody knows the correct "terms "to use.I learned and i stopped using it.— iamcardib (@iamcardib) May 15, 2018
Exactly me too .My own friends be like " I'm a dyke so i never thought it was a offensive word .I was like wtf 🤔 https://t.co/rYaldJnLHN— iamcardib (@iamcardib) May 15, 2018
Cardi's comments follow an apology issued by Ora, in which she said that the song "was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life."
Ora added, "I am sorry how I expressed myself in my song has hurt anyone."