Noah Cyrus apologises after using ‘offensive’ term to defend Harry Styles

2020 CMT Music Awards - Red Carpet
2020 CMT Music Awards - Red Carpet

Singer Noah Cyrus has apologised after using an "offensive" term while defending Harry Styles.

Styles was criticised by prominent US conservative commentator Candace Owens after posing in a Gucci ballgown on the cover of Vogue.

Owens, who is black, tweeted: "Bring back manly men."

Pop star Cyrus, 20, shared a picture of Styles in the dress on her Instagram Story and said he wears it "better than any of u nappy ass heauxz".

Nappy is sometimes used to describe afro-textured hair and is widely seen as offensive to black people.

Cyrus, the younger sister of Miley, apologised and said: "I am mortified that I used a term without knowing the context and history, but I know now and I am horrified and truly sorry. I will never use it again. Thank you for educating me.

"I in no way meant to offend anyone. I am so so sorry."

Styles had already responded to the controversy over his dress.

He posted a picture to Instagram, posing in a powder blue suit with a cinched and ruffled waist while holding a banana in his mouth.

The singer captioned the post: "Bring back manly men".