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16 May 2018, 12:08
The Bronx rapper has addressed the criticism.
The song, which also features vocalists Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha, garnered negative feedback from members of the LGBT community upon its release, with fellow musician Kehlani labelling it as 'harmful' and 'non-progressive'.
In response to the criticism, Cardi took to Twitter to defend the song, and explained that the quartet would "never try to cause harm or had bad intentions".
The rapper also opened up on her own experiences with women, adding: "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."
Cardi also apologised for any previous offence caused by her past use of language when speaking about the LBGT community.
"Not everybody knows the correct “terms “to use.I learned and i stopped using it," she wrote.
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
Rita Ora issued her own apology regarding the song, where she explained that it was created to "represent her truth" and depict an "accurate account of a very real and honest experience."
"I have had romantic relationship with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey. I am sorry how I expressed myself in my song has hurt anyone," she wrote.
"I would never intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ+ people or anyone. Looking forward, I hope that continuing to express myself through my art will empower my fans to feel as proud of themselves as I’m learning to feel about who I am."