Demi Burnett is addressing her social media controversy.
This week, a photo surfaced online of the 25-year-old former The Bachelor contestant wearing a jacket that had a Confederate flag on it.
On Tuesday (February 16), Demi took to Twitter to share a few videos where she apologized for wearing the jacket.
“F–k it. People are telling me I shouldn’t say anything, I’m going to say something about this,” Demi started. “So, there’s been this picture that’s been resurfaced of me wearing a jacket that had a Confederate flag on it. That jacket was given to me by my ex, his dad actually gave it to me, and I had no idea the weight that the Confederate flag held whenever I was wearing it.”
“I just wore it for that one night, and it was a Yeezy jacket,” Demi continued, referencing Kanye West‘s fashion brand. “I thought it was so cool. I was like, ‘Yeah, Yeezy.’ I didn’t even pay attention to that.”
Demi then went on to say that she was “ignorant” for wearing the jacket.
“That’s ignorance,” Demi said. “That’s ignorant of me not to pay attention to the Confederate flag. Even more ignorant of me to not even know how harmful that is to people.”
At the end of the first video, Demi admitted that she “royally f–ked up wearing that,” adding that she’s “so f–king sorry.”
Demi first appeared as a contestant on Colton Underwood‘s season of The Bachelor in 2019. She then appeared on Bachelor in Paradise that summer where she made history by being in the franchise’s first same-sex couple with Kristian Haggerty. The two announced their separation a few months later.
In the second video, Demi admitted that she’s been “an ignorant, self-absorbed sack of s**t for most of my life.”
“I genuinely had no idea what I was representing by wearing the jacket. I have no excuses, other than ignorant, self-absorbed sack of s–t,” Demi said. “Disgusted with myself. I suck for that. I suck very badly for that. I know better now. Did not know better then.”
Demi ended her video by encouraging her followers to “be better than me.”
“Don’t look up to me. Look up to being better than me, ’cause I f**king suck and I really f**king hate myself for being ignorant,” Demi concluded. “This is the time to change the world, make it better and I made it worse. So I’m really, really sorry.”
— Demi Burnett (@demi_burnett) February 16, 2021