LOVE Island's newest bombshell Danny Bibby has apologised after he became embroiled in a race row.
The 25-year-old plumber had used the n-word in a historic social media post.
In a statement tonight, he said: "I'd like to take the time to apologise to anyone that may have taken offence to my inappropriate remark. I never meant anything malicious by this comment at all.
"I am not a racist person and it's unacceptable language and ignorant. I meant no offence and feel like I have really learnt from my mistakes and will never use that word again. I am a kind loving person and hopefully you get to see that in the show."
Fans had been asking for Danny to be removed from the villa since spotting the offensive slur in a comment he made on Instagram in 2019.
Earlier today, Danny's dad apologised for his son's n-word post and insisted "he's not racist but this was a mistake".
Ricky defended his son, insisting he "doesn't have a racist bone in his body".
Ricky said: "Danny does not have a racist bone in his body and there were no racist intentions to this post.
"Although it was not done maliciously, it was a mistake. I absolutely apologise on his behalf for the offence this wording may have caused. That would never have been his intention."
He also showed his support in the comments of Danny's Instagram, writing: "Daddy loves you son xxx smash it💥💥💥"
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It comes as eagle-eyed fans combed through his Instagram and found the comment.
In a photo of Danny posing in a bold leaf-patterned shirt while on holiday, a friend commented: "Champ" and a fist-bump emoji.
Danny replied: "My n****".
The exchange happened 85 weeks ago in November 2019, when he was 23 years old.
Spotting the use of the offensive slur, a Love Island fan added last night: "I would take this down".
Whoever is running Danny's account quickly did just that – initially deleting the comment, before removing the post entirely.
However, a similar image that the new Islander had posted remains live, and has been flooded with comments from horrified Love Island viewers.
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One wrote: "Racist check" alongside a sick emoji, while many others tagged the show's official social media account and begged producers to kick Danny out.
Fans have also taken to Twitter to call for Danny's removal – with some even revealing that they have complained to Ofcom about the slur.
Another added: "Sorry but new boy Danny is racist and they are making our queen KAZ GO ON A DATE WITH HIMMMMM???? Sorry but throw the casting crew and directors in the bin."
A third shared a screenshot of their Ofcom confirmation, adding: "We demand that the racist islander Danny is taken off the show immediately."
One more agreed: "Does anyone have the Ofcom link? I’m reporting Danny expeditiously".
Danny is set to enter the famous villa in tonight's show, with yesterday's instalment ending as single Kaz received a text to say that she'd been chosen for a date with the tattooed hunk.
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