Singer Madonna walks on stage during Amnesty International's "Bringing Human Rights Home" concert
IN PHOTO: Singer Madonna walks on stage during Amnesty International's "Bringing Human Rights Home" concert in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkFebruary 5, 2014. Reuters/Carlo Allegri

Following the recent social media outrage, pop icon Madonna has offered a heartfelt apology for doctoring the pictures of two of the world’s greatest personalities. According to recent reports, the singer has offered an apology via Facebook.

“I’m sorry/I’m not comparing myself to anyone/I’m admiring and acknowledging there Rebel Hearts[sic],” says the pop icon in her post. The issue arose when Madonna tried to attract social media attention for her upcoming album, 'Rebel Heart', through some art work pictures, as reported by CNN.

Dismissing the racist allegations raised against her, she even claimed that these pictures are sent to her by her fans and she is just reposting them. "I just re posted those photos,” says Madonna in a post ,which was featured in USA Today. "My fans aren't racist either.”

The 56-year-old American singer released a picture of her, in which her head is wrapped in a black cord. Another string of photos of Jesus, Marilyn Monroe and Homer Simpson to match the artwork of her upcoming album were released as well.

However, the Internet went into a frenzy when similar doctored pictures of the century’s icons, such as Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, appeared online. The pictures drew huge criticisms, and Madonna was condemned for comparing herself with these iconic figures to promote her album.

@Radio702 @Hamburgdave @AfricaMelane is this some kind of a joke ??? This is outrageous and needs urgent intervention

— Pastor Viwe Pobana (@PastorViwe) January 3, 2015

@Radio702 @barrybateman @Hamburgdave @AfricaMelane what ever the intended meaning is... I think poor taste! — Nelson R Ferreira (@NelsonRFerreira) January 3, 2015

Widely known for her hit numbers, such as 'Like a Virgin' and 'Papa Don’t Preach', Madonna apologised on Friday through a series of Facebook posts. Her apologetic posts were received by mixed responses. has explained the meaning behind these promotional pictures. According to the webloid, it is Madonna’s tribute to all the world famous personalities who she felt were rebels of their time. However, the scheme unintentionally took on a racist angle after the inclusion of King and Mandela.

As reported earlier, Madonna has released six surprise songs on iTunes, while 13 of her finished and unfinished songs from the upcoming album were leaked online.

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