Present “Bachelorette” contestant Justin Glaze has apologized for a batch of resurfaced tweets from his teenage years.
Glaze, who’s now 27, allegedly belittled black ladies, promoted colorism and used homophobic slurs within the tweets, which popped up on Reddit over the weekend. The messages have been reportedly written between 2009 and 2011 when Glaze was a teen.
“… I’ve no subject with proudly owning up and apologizing from the underside of my coronary heart for the actually hurtful phrases that I used,” Glaze said on an episode “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast that aired Monday evening.
“The very last thing that I need to do is run from it,” Glaze continued. “That’s not who I’m. I simply need to communicate from the center, and hopefully, folks will get an understanding of the place I used to be then versus the place I’m now.”
Glaze — who is vying for Katie Thurston’s affections on the present season of the ABC relationship present — stated that as a youngster, he was making an attempt to “slot in” with different children, which led to the web name-calling.
“After I look again at 14-year-old Justin, I used to be in highschool and fairly frankly I used to be the kind of one who for no matter purpose felt the necessity to slot in and say humorous issues and sustain with what my friends have been doing and saying,” he stated. “The parents I had related to would throw round actually hurtful slurs that, on the time, I didn’t actually assume something of.”
The Baltimore native added that regardless of the tweets being written when he was a youngster, “these phrases shouldn’t have come out of my mouth.” He stated that he’s now “ashamed of the phrases that I used.”
The funding gross sales marketing consultant stated that he would by no means use these hurtful phrases now “as a result of I do know the load that they carry … I perceive how a lot allyship and help these teams that I offended want.”
He additionally admitted that “one of many greatest takeaways” for him on “The Bachelorette” was “having the ability to maintain myself accountable, which is one thing traditionally I wasn’t in a position to do.”