Bela Padilla apologizes over 'racist' FHM cover

Posted at 02/28/12 12:34 PM

Actress Bela Padilla graces the cover of FHM Philippines' March 2012 issue.

MANILA, Philippines -- Actress Bela Padilla turned to Twitter to share her thoughts on her controversial magazine cover on FHM Philippines' March 2012 issue.

On Monday night, Padilla apologized for the cover, which featured the fair-skinned actress surrounded by five dark-skinned models. It had the caption: "Bela Padilla stepping out of the shadows."

She reiterated that the cover "had nothing to do with racial discrimination."

Below is her series of tweets:

"The overall concept was just gaining a form of confidence by being able to do this cover and has nothing to do with racism.

"I meant no harm with this cover. I'm so sorry to everyone who got offended. I hope all of you see the beauty of the cover and appreciate it.

"Again, I am sorry to anyone who was offended by the cover. I've just found out that @FHMPhil is releasing a different issue for March.

"Some things are out of control but I hope everyone realizes that @FHMPhil and I meant no harm at all with the issue and I really am sorry."

Padilla also replied to netizens and fellow celebrities, such as Rica Peralejo, who had their respective opinions about her March 2012 cover.

"I'll keep that in mind, thank you. The concept is so far from what's being perceived now," Padilla told Peralejo, who advised her to "make informed decisions" about her projects.

FHM Philippines earlier issued an apology and has decided not to use the controversial cover as they "take the side of sensitivity." Members of the magazine's editorial team made the statement after they received flak for being "racist."

The story was picked up by news organizations across the globe, such as The Telegraph and the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, sources said FHM Philippines may re-shoot Padilla's spread for the magazine.