DaniLeigh has issued an apology over her controversial song, Yellow Bone, and says she isn’t a colourist because she’s dating rapper DaBaby.
The 26-year-old singer released a snippet of the track on Instagram last week, with lyrics including: ‘Yellow bone that’s what he wants.’
It caused offence among the Black community with many believing the song glorifies lighter skin women over those with darker skin tones.
Yellow bone is a term used to describe light skin Black women but can also include mixed race women with lighter skin.
DaniLeigh went live on Instagram yesterday to address the backlash and began: ‘I just want to address what’s going on with me right now. I think it’s super important because it’s definitely misunderstood.
‘My song, “Yellow bone that’s what he wants”, I think people twisted it into thinking I’m trying to bash another woman, another skin tone. That was never my intention, I wasn’t brought up like that, I never looked at my skin as a privilege, I never looked at me as I’m better than somebody because of my skin tone.
‘I see brown skin women flaunt their skin all the time in music. Why can’t I talk about mine? If you look at me, I’m light skin, I’m a yellow bone, in my opinion that’s just what I am.’
DaniLeigh says she didn’t mean to cause offence with the song Yellow Bone (Picture: John Photography/Rex)
DaniLeigh, real name Danielle Leigh Curiel, is of Dominican heritage.
She continued: ‘It wasn’t something I looked at so deeply, which I can see why people will take it deeply so I understand and I’m sorry that I wasn’t sensitive to the topic when I wrote my comment like, “Why are you guys taking it so offensively?” because it can be a personal thing to certain people because colourism is a real thing so I do get it.
‘But I’m not that, I’m not a colourist, I’m not a racist.’
The singer then referenced her relationship with Grammy-nominated rapper DaBaby, and stated: ‘I date a whole chocolate man, I have beautiful dark skin friends and skin isn’t even something I see. It’s not something I look at.
‘I don’t live for the internet because people don’t know me so that’s why I thought it was important to speak on it.’
She concluded: ‘Hope you guys can watch this with an open heart, a genuine mind and try to get past it. I’m sorry again if I offended people who are truly offended. I am sorry.’
It comes after DaniLeigh received criticism for her initial response to the backlash.
As fans began flooding her Instagram comments with criticism of Yellow Bone, the dancer replied: ‘Why I can’t make a song for my light skin baddies?? Why y’all think I’m hating on other colors when there are millions of songs speaking on all types… Why y’all so sensitive & take it personal… Gahhhh damn.’
She then tweeted: ‘Congratulations y’all gotta another thing to say about me when u hate.
‘It’s all good .. only God can “cancel” me… that s**t don’t mean s**t to me bc the people around me are the ones that know my heart and intention and real-life … I’m sorry if I offended u.
‘I’m Dominican… I’m Spanish, I’m black I’m white .. leave me alone.’
DaniLeigh rose to fame in 2019 after going viral when she took part in Drake’s In My Feelings dance challenge.
Prior to that, she was already mixing in A-list circles after being mentored by late music icon Prince and directing the music video for his single Breakfast Can Wait.
In December, DaniLeigh confirmed her romance with Rockstar rapper DaBaby after almost a year of dating rumours.