3. While some fans defended Madonna, others voiced their disgust over her use of the word.
4. Update: Jan. 18, 2:15 p.m., ET: Madonna issued an apology to the Associated Press for the racial slur on her Instagram.
“I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N word on Instagram. It was not meant as a racial slur. I am not a racist. There’s no way to defend the use of the word. It was all about intention,” she said. “It was used as a term of endearment toward my son who is white. I appreciate that it’s a provocative word and I apologize if it gave people the wrong impression.”