The Weeknd Cut Ties with H&M After Being "Deeply Offended" by Racist Ad

The advertisement features a black boy wearing a hoodie that says "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle"
The Weeknd Cut Ties with H&M After Being 'Deeply Offended' by Racist Ad
Despite recently forming a partnership with fashion retailer H&M, the Weeknd says he's effectively cut all ties with the chain as the result of a racially offensive advertisement.

The ad features a black boy wearing a hoodie that reads "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle," leading many online to quickly slam H&M for being so racially insensitive. 

"Woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo. I'm deeply offended and will not be working with H&M anymore," the Weeknd tweeted this morning.
  The Roots' Questlove also took to social media to speak out against the offending photo.

UPDATE (1/9, 9:45 a.m. EST): Diddy, YG, Pusha T and Belly have also reacted to the offensive ad. Read their responses below.

Accurate... **Never shopped with you ever...not even for Tshirts @hm **

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As previously reported, the Weeknd struck up a partnership with H&M last year, developing his own fashion line for the Swedish retail giant.

The ad was originally featured on H&M's UK site, and following the backlash, the retailer issued the following statement after pulling the image: "We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. This image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States."

H&M has since issued another statement via Instagram.

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As of yet, the retailer has issued no statement regarding the Weeknd's announcement that he will no longer be working with the company.