Ariana Grande has apologised for a since-deleted Instagram joke about murdered beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey.
Ramsey was just six years old when she was brutally murdered, and the case has never been conclusively solved.
Ariana Grande's friend shared a picture of JonBenét Ramsey on Instagram, with the caption: “No one has done more covers”.
The pop icon then joked “I can’t wait for this to be your Halloween look,” before Middlebrook jokingly replied: “Working on it already”.
The original picture has been deleted along with the exchange, but not before fans expressed their horror:
Wait WHAT?? an 8-year-old girl who was violently killed, strangled and suffocated cannot be anyone's costume... pic.twitter.com/MwaAXavyBE— IVAN (@ivanmoratroya) July 29, 2019
Ariana labelled the tweet "out of pocket" and apologised "sincerely" for any offence:
@ivanmoratroya yeah no i deleted it very quickly and understand that it’s not at all funny. this was out of pocket and i sincerely apologize.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 29, 2019
In another since-deleted tweet she described "dark jokes" as a "coping mechanism" for her:
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