The star is under fire for his comments about Indigenous Australians after he said, “I keep drinking until I think I’m a black Australian,” during his performance at Rod Laver Arena last night.
The comment came up during a technical glitch mid-show, in relation to the singer’s attempts to cure jet-lag after traveling from New York.
“When you get on the plane, on your way here, you start drinking. I keep drinking until I think I’m Australian. And then I keep drinking until I think I’m a black Australian,” he told the crowd.
The comments faced immediate backlash, with Thomas taking to Facebook this morning to offer an apology,
“After the show in Melbourne tonight while backstage with some of my Australian friends, it was brought to my attention that I said something that is racist and insensitive,” he wrote.