Rapper Stormzy has apologised for using homophobic language in old tweets which have resurfaced online.
The 24-year-old grime artist said the comments he made in the unearthed tweets, which have now been deleted, were "unacceptable and disgusting".
In a tweet from 2011, the star used homophobic language when tweeting about an Eastenders storyline involving gay couple Christian and Syed, posting: "Loooooool u see syed run into christians arm. F-----g f-g."
In 2012, he repeated the slur in a tweet about CBBC documentary School For Stars, which follows the lives of pupils at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.
In a tweet from April 2014, he repeated the homophobic language in an exchange with a Twitter follower.
Apologising for the comments, he tweeted: "I'm sorry to everyone I've offended. To the LGBQT community and my supporters and friends, my deepest apologies.
"I said some foul and offensive things whilst tweeting years ago at a time when I was young and proudly ignorant. Very hurtful and discriminative views that I've unlearned as I've grown up and become a man.
"The comments I made were unacceptable and disgusting, full stop. Comments that I regret and to everyone I've offended, I am sorry, these are attitudes I've left in the past.
"The homophobic language I used was, embarrassingly, a part of my vocabulary when I was younger and ignorance made me feel comfortable to use them whilst not understanding the hate and the ramifications they carry.
"That isn't an excuse, I take responsibility for my mistakes and hope you can understand that my younger self doesn't reflect who I am today."
The Croydon-born artist won Best Grime Act at the 2014 MOBO Awards and secured a top ten single with his gold-selling single Shut Up a year later.