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F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton attends the press conference of the 2017 FIA Champions in Paris, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton credits his car's reliability and a better relationship with his teammate as key factors behind his fourth world title. Hamilton scored points in all Formula One races this season, the first time he has done so. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Lewis Hamilton apologized for scolding his 'princess dress'-wearing nephew



Formula One (F1) racecar driver Lewis Hamilton on Tuesday after scolding his nephew in an Instagram video about wearing a dress.

“Yesterday I was playing around with my nephew and realized that my words were inappropriate so I removed the post,” he tweeted.

“I meant no harm and did not mean to offend anyone at all,” Hamilton continued. “I love that my nephew feels free to express himself as we all should.”

“My deepest apologies for my behavior as I realize it is really not acceptable for anyone, no matter where you are from, to marginalize anyone.”

Hamilton added that his remarks about his young relative are not in line with his longstanding beliefs about self expression.

“I have always been in support of anyone living their life exactly how they wish and I hope I can be forgiven for this lapse in judgement,” he said.

Hamilton on Monday posted a Christmas Day video documenting his nephew’s behavior during the holiday.

“I’m so sad right now,” he said before pointing the camera at the boy. “Look at my nephew.”

“Why are you wearing a princess dress?” Hamilton asked the child, who is wearing a dress and waving a pink wand. “Is this what you got for Christmas? Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas?”

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Hamilton ultimately insists that “boys don’t wear princess dresses” when his nephew said he wanted the dress as “it’s pretty.”

The four-time F1 world champion shared the video with his roughly 5.7 million Instagram followers.

Hamilton’s clip sparked outrage from some users who felt he was shaming his nephew for challenging gender stereotypes.

The British driver competes for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team, and he holds the record for the most number of wins at different F1 circuits with 24.

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