May 6, 2009
Adele sorry for 'offensive' remark
By JANE STEVENSON - Sun Media
British pop-soul singer Adele has apologized for remarks she made during her Toronto concert at Massey Hall on April 28.
"What I said on stage in Toronto on Wednesday night at Massey Hall was not meant how it came across. But I completely understand how it was offensive," she said in a statement forward by the vice-president of publicity for Columbia Records in New York.
"I sincerely apologize for being so naive and disrespectful! It was not my intention to be hurtful and I'm very sorry."
The 20-year-old singer was telling a story about buying two guitars from a "rude" pawn shop owner in Toronto before the concert when she added: "He wasn't Canadian, he was Jewish. "
The comment drew either silence or nervous laughter.
"I just meant he wasn't a rude Canadian," she continued before adding: "I'm digging myself deeper."