Madonna has issued an apology after posting a picture of her son Rocco to her 1.1 million followers on Instagram with a caption that contained a racial term.
The singer attracted criticism from her fans on the site when she posted a picture of her son Rocco boxing with the caption: "No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out!" and a hashtag that used a derivative of the n-word.
The 55-year-old initially responded to her critics as "haters" but then deleted the caption and later apologised in a statement to the Associated Press:
"I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N word on Instagram, she said. "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. It was used as a term of endearment toward my son who is white. I appreciate that it's a provocative word and I apologise if it gave people the wrong impression."
Madonna has revealed how she was raped at knifepoint in New York, shortly after she arrived in the city aged 19.
Writing in the magazine Harper's Bazaar, she tells of how she was raped on the roof of a building. She writes:
"New York wasn't everything I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms.
"The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back, and had my apartment broken into three times."
Cyrus reportedly said: "I don't pay attention to the negative because I've seen this play out so many times.
"How many times have we seen this play out in pop music? Madonna's done it. Britney's done it. Every VMA performance, that's what you're looking for; you're wanting to make history."
The 20-year-old singer was speaking in a video on MTV.com, cannot be viewed in the UK.
Cyrus did not take home any awards on the night but almost stole the show with her raunchy duet alongside Robin Thicke, who was performing his hit "Blurred Lines".
A spokesman for Madonna has previously said that Malawi's President has a "grudge" after her sister Anjimile Oponyo was sacked as the head of her charitable foundation Raising Malawi.
Ms Oponyo was sacked due to "concerns about mismanagement of $3.8m", said Trevor Neilson, whose Global Philanthropy Group manages Madonna's projects in Malawi.
The allegations have been denied by Ms Oponyo and the President Joyce Banda's office has dismissed the claim.
A statement issued by Madonna's charity Raising Malawi has addressed claims from Malawi's government relating to her behaviour on a recent trip.
I was very happy to visit with the children of Malawi earlier this month and to see with my own eyes the ten new primary schools in Kasungu province that Raising Malawi and buildOn completed this past year. These schools are now educating more than 4,800 children with girls attending in equal numbers.
I’m saddened that Malawi’s President Joyce Banda has chosen to release lies about what we’ve accomplished, my intentions, how I personally conducted myself while visiting Malawi and other untruths.
I have no intentions of being distracted by these ridiculous allegations. I came to Malawi seven years ago with honourable intentions. I returned earlier this month to view the new schools we built. I did not ever ask or demand special treatment at the airport or elsewhere during my visit. I will not be distracted or discouraged by other people’s political agendas. I made a promise to the children of Malawi and I am keeping that promise.
Last week, Malawi's President was reportedly angered by Madonna's claim to have built ten schools in the country.
She is quoted as saying: "Where are the 10 schools she has built? She is just building school blocks at already existing schools. In some cases she just renovated an already existing block.
"This is an insult to the people of Malawi. She can't be lying to the world at our expense".
In the feeling of Madonna, the Malawi Government and its leadership should have rolled out the red carpet and blast the 21-gun salute in her honour because she believes that as a musician, the whiff of whose repute flies across international boundaries, she automatically is candidate for VVIP treatment.
Granted, Madonna is a famed international musician. But that does not impose an injunction of obligation on any government under whose territory Madonna finds herself, including Malawi, to give her state treatment. Such treatment, even if she deserved it, is discretionary not obligatory.
Malawi's government has accused Madonna of demanding special treatment during her recent visit to the country.
The singer - who has adopted two Malawian-born children - recently visited schools her charity helped fund.
A statement issued by President Joyce Banda's office on Wednesday accused Madonna of wanting Malawi "to be forever chained to the obligation of gratitude".
Madonna was also accused of being "a musician who desperately thinks she must generate recognition by bullying state officials instead of playing decent music on the stage".
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