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Demi Lovato issues apology over Zika virus joke

The singer's joke prompted backlash on social media.

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The latest party held for Demi Lovato was on Twitter, and it was called the#DemiLovatoIsOverParty.

The "Cool for the Summer" singer faced backlash over the weekend because of a Snapchat video she posted to — and subsequently deleted from — her account. In it,the 23-year-old pop star is heard laughing after her mother, Dianna Hart, made a joke about the Olympics taking place in Rio De Janeiro."Everybody down in Rio gonna get the Zika virus," Hart says in the video.

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Fans responded negatively to the Snapchat video, criticizing Lovato for her insensitive joke by trending the hashtag #DemiLovatoIsOver. The singer then deleted the video and took to Twitter to issue an apology.

"In no way did I mean to offend anyone last night. I was laughing at how southern my mom sounded, not the issue at hand. Deepest apologies," she tweeted on Saturday.


Lovato could have stopped there — instead, she immediately posted a second and third tweet brushing off her haters."If you watch everything I do, you're still a fan.. I ain't goin nowhere b*tches," she wrote in one tweet. "It's an awesome feeling when you're so content with life and yourself that hate doesn't effect [sic] you.. Feelin' good y'all," she wrote in another.

One thing is for sure: Lovato is certainly quite "confident" in herself.

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