Grande apologises over US hate comment

NEW YORK • American pop star Ariana Grande insisted on Wednesday that she "loves" her country after a furore over a jibe that she said was aimed at obesity.

A video at a California doughnut shop showed her and one of her back-up dancers playfully licking the sugary pastries while they were still on the counter.

Gossip site TMZ released the video and outrage erupted on social media over how Grande, upon seeing a new tray of doughnuts, is heard saying a profanity and then: "I hate America." As the controversy grew, the svelte 22-year-old said her remark came from her distaste for American overeating.

Grande, whose dance pop has rarely been political, called for greater awareness "about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies".

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