US star Tinashe is hitting back at criticism after saying her lack of success is a race issue.
Tinashe told The Guardian she didn’t feel accepted by the black community, despite being “a mixed woman”.
She said in an interview her music career hadn’t gone “according to my original plan”.
The singer said black women in music were “either Beyonce or Rihanna” and that US star Ciara’s career had also suffered.
But her comments were savaged by people on Twitter.
“Tinashe went about this wrong. Don’t blame black people, lol. Blame your manager, agent, label etc,” wrote TV anchor Demetria Obilor.
“What is Tinashe on? A light skin mixed chick blaming colorism for the lack of success in her career,” wrote Chateau Thelma.
Others said her music was to blame and compared her to “interesting” artists like FKA Twigs.
Tinashe said she is aware of people who think you cannot be a fan of more than one R&B singer.
She says her comments were taken out of context.
Tinashe also responded to claims that she had previously claimed her African-American roots had also left her feeling “an outsider”.
The singer said these comments were also taken out of context.
Tinashe insists the conversation she had with The Guardian journalist was about her upbringing, not a lack of commercial success.
Sony, Tinashe’s record label, have not yet commented.