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Demi Lovato Apologizes For Joking About Zika Virus on Snapchat

by Jennifer Drysdale 2:58 PM PDT, August 13, 2016
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Demi Lovato has found herself in some pretty hot water.

The 23-year-old singer was criticized by fans tuning into her Snapchat on Friday night after she posted a video in which she appeared to be laughing about the Zika virus.

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Comments about the virus were actually made by Lovato's mother, Dianna Hart, in the video.

"I said, everybody down in Rio is going to get the Zika virus," Hart slurred in a southern accent, while Lovato (holding the camera) laughed.

The "Body Say" singer took to Twitter the next morning to apologize for the video, after fans criticized her Snap saying it was in poor taste.

"In no way did I mean to offend anyone last night," she wrote on Saturday. "I was laughing at how southern my mom sounded, not the issue at hand. Deepest apologies."

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Minutes later, however, the former Disney darling made it clear she wasn't focused on the haters.

"If you watch everything I do, you're still a fan,” she tweeted. "I ain’t goin nowhere b**ches."

"It's an awesome feeling when you're so content with life and yourself that hate doesn't effect you.. Feelin' good y'all," she added.

Lovato isn't the only one to receive backlash for comments related to the Zika virus.

RELATED: Hope Solo Gets Booed at Olympics After Controversial Zika Tweets

Earlier this month, soccer player Hope Solo found herself booed by the crowd while playing in Rio at the 2016 Olympics after posting several Instagrams joking about the virus.

The 35-year-old athlete later defended her comments, saying she "wants to start a family."

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