Charity Kase has issued an apology after racist tweets resurfaced online.

Last week, the BBC revealed that Charity is part of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season three cast.

Since then, tweets containing “disgusting and offensive” racist language from the queen have been shared on social media by fans who discovered them.

In a statement issued yesterday (August 23), Charity acknowledged the “unacceptable tweets” and apologised for her behaviour.

Charity explained that she was 16-years-old when she wrote what was said in 2013 and 2014, adding that this “doesn’t excuse” it.

The statement read: “Today some tweets surfaced from eight years ago which consist of me using disgusting and offensive language in a casual and colloquial way.

“I was 16 and uneducated at the time, unaware of cultural misappropriation and the impact of my use of language. I totally accept that this doesn’t excuse my behaviour. I want you to know how deeply sorry I am. I am not that same young boy today.

“I take full responsibility for these unacceptable tweets, and I hope you can understand that they do not represent me now or what I stand for today. Seeing them again has left me ashamed of myself.

“I want to apologise unequivocally to my fans, who are disappointed and offended by me, and in particular to anyone whom I may have caused any form of trauma. Please forgive me. I have changed and grown and am committed to growing further to using the platform and privilege I have to amplify the voices of people of colour.”

A few hours after Charity’s statement, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season one alumni Crystal appeared to defend the queen on Twitter – though did not directly name Charity.

“People should not be judged for things they said on the internet when they were a child,” one of Crystal’s tweets read.

In a follow-up, the queen added: “It should go without saying if you follow me, but: 1) don’t use the N word. 2) obviously it’s ok to be hurt if people do – I’m not trying to diminish that. I’m asking for some nuance. Correct, educate, question – sure. Judge? No.”

Responding to Crystal’s tweets, Sum Ting Wong, who also competed on season one of Drag Race UK, said: “I think a lot of people were angsty teenagers trying to make the void notice us.”

Drag Race UK is yet to comment on whether or not Charity’s actions will impact her place in the competition.