Madonna issued an apology – well, sort of – Sunday after facing criticism for using the n-word on Instagram.

The singer came under fire after posting a photo of her 13-year-old son Rocco in boxing gloves that was accompanied by the caption, “No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out! #disnigga.”

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According to E Online, Madonna released a statement through her publicist Liz Rosenberg in which she called her use of the word “a term of endearment:”

“I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N word on Instagram. It was not meant as a racial slur.. I am not a racist. There’s no way to defend the use of the word. It was all about intention… It was used as a term of endearment toward my son who is white. I appreciate that it’s a provocative word and I apologize if it gave people the wrong impression. Forgive me.”

But her act of contrition followed one of indignation: shortly after the photo started causing an uproar online, she took down the picture and replaced the caption, saying, “Ok let me start this again. #get off of my dick haters!”

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This of course is far from the first time that has courted controversy – including this year. Over New Year’s, Madonna posted a photo of Rocco holding a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin, accompanied by the caption, “The party has just begun! Bring it! 2014.” After followers left comments criticizing her for bad parenting, she left the comment on another photo, “No one was drinking we were just having fun! Calm down and get a sense of humor! Don’t start the year off with judgement!”

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SOURCE: E Online