Shania Twain has apologised after saying she would have voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election.
The singer, who did not get a vote as she is a Canadian citizen, told the Guardian newspaper that she is a fan of the sitting president because “he seemed honest.”
Fans were quick to slam Twain after the comments emerged, with many taking to Twitter to ask why she backed a politician who has pursued anti-LGBT policies.
“I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” she told the Guardian.
“Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want (BS). I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent.
“And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”
Twain backtracked on the controversial comments hours later and apologised for her “awkward” answer on Twitter.
Claiming the endorsement of Trump was cited without context, she wrote: “I would like to apologise to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with the Guardian relating to the American President.
“The question caught me off guard. As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context.
“I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President,” she wrote.
Twain continued: “I was trying to explain, in response to a question about the election, that my limited understanding was that the President talked to a portion of America like an accessible person they could relate to, as he was NOT a politician.
“My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him. I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows.”
Fans slammed the country singer, who has sold more than 100 million albums, for backing the anti-LGBT president.
One wrote that, “her gay icon status is over, it’s cancelled. officially.”
shania twain being the most uninterested guest judge in drag race history & now saying she would have voted for trump. her gay icon status is over, it’s cancelled. officially. pic.twitter.com/s7BGjK62Fh
— ❃❁❃ (@fkajack) April 22, 2018
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Shania Twain: “I would’ve voted for Trump.”
Shania Twain’s career: pic.twitter.com/Jt7VQgFBAw
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The singer recently returned to music after a 15 year break and is set to embark on a world tour later this year.
Her album, Now, debuted at number one in the US, Canada, UK and Australia.