Shania Twain has apologised after admitting that she would have voted for US President Donald Trump because he seemed "honest".
The Canadian country music star issued a statment insisting she was "against discrimination of any kind" after telling The Guardian that she would have backed the businessman and reality TV star in the 2016 US presidential election.
"I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest," Twain said of Trump.
"Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bullsh*t.
The 'Man! I Feel Like a Woman' singer, 52, continued: "I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?"
The comments quickly sparked a fierce backlash against Twain, who has sold more than 100 million records and ranks as the best-selling female country music star of all time.
The singer, who appeared as a guest judge on last week's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race and boasts a loyal gay following, later apologised for the comments on Twitter, explaining that she did not share any of Trump's "moral beliefs".
"I would like to apologise to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with the Guardian relating to the American President", Twain wrote.
"The question caught me off guard. As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context."
She continued: "I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President.
"I was trying to explain, in response to a question about the election, that my limited understanding was that the President talked to a portion of America like an accessible person they could relate to, as he was NOT a politician.
"My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him.
"I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows."