“I’m a completely different person to who I was at the age of 14 and I am a huge supporter of the LGBT community.”

Louisa Johnson has issued an apology to her fans after homophobic comments were unearthed from her Twitter account.

The X Factor winner – who recently announced that she’s performing at Birmingham Pride – made frequent use of the homophobic slur ‘faggot’ back in 2013, when the star was only 14-years-old.

“Seriously think Fynns a faggot… what have u raised he has a pink hairdryer,” said one tweet.

In response, Louisa released the following statement: “When I was a school girl, I made some inappropriate remarks on Twitter. I was young and foolish, and hanging around with the wrong crowd & didn’t know any better. That’s not an excuse, it’s an explanation.”

She added: “I’m sorry for some of the comments I made at that time on social media. I think it’s important for me to speak out about this and say that I don’t think it is right or appropriate for anyone to use derogatory language at any time or at any age no matter what the circumstances.

“I’m a completely different person to who I was at the age of 14 and I am a huge supporter of the LGBT community. I have a lot of young fans and I know I can now use my voice for a message of positivity, inclusion and equality X.”

Last year, Louisa said that she wanted to include an LGBTQ love song on her upcoming debut album.

“I don’t know how it would go but I’d love to do it. I think, like, it would be cool – especially for the whole fanbase thing. They (LGBTQ community) like the vibe of Best Behaviour so it could be a little bit more sassy and raunchy because I know they love that… so do I.”

And earlier this month, Louisa had nothing but praise for the LGBTQ community in an exclusive interview with Gay Times.

“I’m so grateful that they’re still here, waiting for it. It’s been so bloody long! They never let me down,” she said.

“It’s lovely to have that support. You do sometimes doubt yourself, and you always worry about what is going to happen, but my gay fans have always been there for me, and I know they always will be. I feel very lucky.”

Read our entire interview with Louisa here, and check out the video for her party anthem, YES, below.