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The Internet has spoken, and it has spoken loudly.
Following extreme backlash over an Instagram photo of a woman whose booty seemed to be peeking out of her shorts that Michael Bublé posted, the 39-year-old Canadian singer has apologized for his actions.
Insisting that he didn't mean any harm by sharing the photo his wife, Luisana Lopilato, took, the "Haven't Met You Yet" singer tells E! News in a statement, "Anybody who knows me would never misinterpret the message of the photo my wife took in Miami that seems to have caused unexpected rage by some people. I do not court controversy."
The statement continues, "But I realize that a photo that was meant to be complimentary and lighthearted has turned into a questionable issue. For the record, it hurts me deeply that anyone would think that I would disrespect women or be insulting to any human being. I was not brought up that way and it is not in my character."
He ends his apology by reassuring fans that he didn't mean to cause so many problems by what he thought would be an innocent picture. "I regret that there are people out there who found the photo offensive. That was not and is not my intention. Women are to be celebrated, loved, respected, honored and revered. I've spent my life believing that and will continue to do so."
The photo in question was taken of an unsuspecting woman in Miami whose shorts appeared to be a tad too small. "There was something about this photo lu took ,that seemed worthy of instagram. #myhumps #babygotback #hungryshorts #onlyinmiami #picoftheday #beautifulbum," he captioned the picture.
Although he was probably just trying to be funny, it didn't sit well with many Twitter users, who considered the photo to be an act of body shaming. But Bublé, who is one of the world's favorite singers, hasn't always been kind to women. He revealed intimate details about his troubled past relationships, including his long-term relationship with Emily Blunt.
"I was a jerk and I was careless and reckless with the hearts of women I was with," Bublé, a married father of one, said. "And I got my karma. I earned it. I got my butt and heart kicked and it hurt me enough that I looked in the mirror and I didn't want it to happen again."
He added, "I think everyone looks back at some of the things we did and it's so cringy how I acted. I learned about myself, I got closer to being spiritual and learned to be in the moment and realize how short life is. It changed everything."