Strictly Come Dancing star Alexandra Burke has apologised for wearing a real-fur coat after being branded ‘disgusting’ and a ‘hypocrite.’
The former X Factor winner was pictured wearing a Canada Goose jacket that featured a removable North African Coyote fur trim when she arrived at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool last week.
Since then, people have been quick to slam the singer for her choice of outerwear especially since it has been just four years since she posed naked for a PETA anti-fur campaign.
“Alexandra Burke is a #fake. She was seen on her VT last night wearing fur on her jacket #CanadaGoose,” someone wrote.
Another added, “Clearly she only did the PETA thing just for PR. #StrictlyComeDancing 2017 #strictly #scd #scd2017 #StrictlyComeDancing.”
Following the backlash, 29-year-old Burke took to Twitter to apologise where she admitted that she didn’t know the fur on her jacket was real.
“I’ve just learned the sad truth of how a coat I wore recently was made,” she wrote.
“I am an animal lover, as most of you will know I have 4 dogs. I should have asked how it was manufactured and now I know, I will never wear it again.
“I am really sorry for any hurt or upset I have caused xx.”
While posing naked for the high profile PETA campaign back in 2013, Burke spoke candidly about how passionately she felt towards animal rights.
“When I found out what happens to animals on fur farms my heart just sank,” she said.
”I have animals and the thought of someone hurting them so they can be turned into a coat makes me sick.
“Anyone thinking about buying or wearing fur should watch PETA’s videos of animals suffering on fur farms - after seeing them, I can’t imagine anyone would want to be caught dead in fur.”
But despite issuing a heartfelt apology, it seems she could lose the support of some Strictly fans as viewers took to Twitter to voice their anger.
“@bbcstrictly hope that nobody will vote for #AlexandraBurke she was spotted wearing #CanadaGoose coat,” one person tweeted.
“I don't want to watch a #fur who thinks that wearing a dead dog round her neck is cool.”
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