Azalea had been scheduled to headline Saturday’s event, but a growing list of groups that had taken issue with racist and homophobic statements she has previously made announced they would not take part. These include a local chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus, who is gay, earlier this month announced that he too would not take part in the event.
“I am truly disappointed that I have to share this news, but I will no longer be performing at Pittsburgh Pride on June 13th,” wrote Azalea in a statement she posted to her Twitter page. “This has been a difficult decision as I truly support the event and LGBTIQA communities, however, I feel my participation at this point would only serve to further distract from the true purpose of the event.”
Azalea also apologized for her previous statements.
“I meant no harm and deeply regret ever uttering those words,” she wrote on Twitter. “As an adult I would never use them because I understand they play a detrimental role in the fight for issues that I do truly believe in.”
The Delta Foundation, which organizes Pittsburgh Pride, also faced criticism from local LGBT rights advocates and their supporters over its decision to invite Azalea to headline their annual event.