During her first interview as the New Miss Teen USA, Karlie Hay said her apology related to her old Tweets which are considered using racial term.

The 18-year-old girl said on Good Morning America with George Stephanopoulos. “I am very sorry. It’s embarrassing. It’s something I’m ashamed of. I’ve grown up from that 15-year-old girl who used that type of language. It’s never acceptable and now I know how hurtful it is, and it hurts me to know that at one point in my life, I used that language. I said that. It’s not me.”

“At that age, I was being a follower,” she continued. “I was trying to fit in with my friends. The word was thrown around in the music I listened to, with the friends I hung out with, and I had no guidance. So, it was kind of a careless mistake.”

“When the tweet got brought back up, I was just, like, kind of, like, embarrassed, ashamed and just amazed that I actually at one point in my life thought it was OK to use that word, because it’s never OK,” she said as she explained that she is not making any excuse.

Hay then stated that she is not the same person. “And I think that I can turn this message into a positive message, because there are people that use this word, and it’s unacceptable. Ever.”

“And hopefully people learn from my mistakes, because it is a big mistake. It’s something I’m embarrassed about, something that will stick with me and definitely has affected me,” she revealed. “I’m just going to try to learn from it and move forward.”

“Everyone has their own personal struggles, but that doesn’t give you an excuse to use this type of language or to use any bad language at all. It goes to show that it can come back and hurt you and it has definitely hurt me on the inside for ever saying it. It has hurt other people as well.” she added.