Lea Michele Breaks Silence, Apologizes to Glee Co-Star for 'My Immaturity' and 'Unnecessarily Difficult Behavior'

Lea Michele much-anticipated mea culpa has arrived.

The Glee actress posted a lengthy statement on Instagram early Wednesday in which she apologized to former co-star Samantha Ware, who earlier this week accused Michele of making her brief time on the former Fox phenom “a living hell.”

Here’s Michele’s entire statement:

One of the most important lessons of the last few weeks is that we need to take the time to listen and learn about other people’s perspectives and any role we have played or anything we can do to help address the injustices that they face. When I tweeted the other day, it was meant to be a show of support for our friends and neighbors and communities of color during this really difficult time, but the responses I received to what I posted have made me also focus specifically on how my own behavior towards fellow cast members was perceived by them.

While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that’s not really the point, what matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people. Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect my own shortcomings.

I am a couple of months from becoming a mother and I know I need to keep working to better myself and take responsibility for my actions, so that I can be a real role model for my child and so I can pass along my lessons and mistakes, so that they can learn from me. I listened to these criticisms and I am learning and while I am very sorry, I will be better in the future from this experience.

Here’s how the whole kerfuffle ignited: In response to a tweet from Michele in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Ware — who played female Warbler-turned-New Directioner Jane — wrote the following on Monday: “LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD “SHIT IN MY WIG!” AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD…”

Fellow Glee alum Alex Newell (Unique) replied to Ware’s tweet with a classic gif of RuPaul looking very interested, and Amber Riley (Mercedes) tweeted this gif shortly thereafter. Melissa Benoist, meanwhile, liked Ware’s initial post.

Michele’s former Mayor co-star, Yvette Nicole Brown, also threw her support behind Ware, tweeting, “I felt every one of those capital letters.”

I felt every one of those capital letters. ✊🏾

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) June 2, 2020

In the wake of the controversy, recipe kit delivery service HellFresh terminated Michele has a spokesperson. “HelloFresh does not condone racism nor discrimination of any kind,” the company said in a statement. “We are disheartened and disappointed to learn of the recent claims concerning Lea Michele. We take this very seriously, and have ended our partnership with Lea Michele, effective immediately.”

Michele’s Instagram post can be found below:

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