Rob Thomas is apologizing to fans after making inappropriate comments.
The Matchbox Twenty singer is currently on a solo tour and made a stop at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday. While performing, Rob found that his comments about overcoming jet lag did not go over well with the crowd.
"When you get on the plane on your way here, you start drinking," Rob said, according to a video from TMZ. "And then I drink till I think I'm Australian. And then I keep drinking till I think I'm a black Australian."
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The crowd, as can be heard in the video, did not appreciate the joke and returned his comments with audible boos.
This morning, however, the singer took to Facebook to share his apologies for the words.
"I have seen people comment that after coming here for so long I should know that there is a connection between the indigenous peoples of Australia and a stereotype involving drinking," Rob wrote in a Facebook post to fans. "Embarrassingly, I truly didn't."
He then went on to reveal that in the hours following the concert, he immediately regretted the words.
"I didn't know until TODAY that just the phrase 'black Australian' was racist all on it's own," he added. "I sat in my room and I cried when I found out... I am truly sorry for how this came across, most of all to the indigenous people here. Australia has been so good to me for so long that I'm embarrassed I don't know more about the history and the culture. While I'm here I'm going to use this opportunity to rectify that. I promise you this!"