The singer was hit with social-media backlash after seemingly poking fun at a woman's backside on his Instagram account

By Jacqueline Andriakos
Updated April 17, 2015 07:30 AM
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Michael Bublé has spoken out after a candid Instagram shot he posted of a woman’s backside on Monday caused a stir – and says he never intended any harm with the photo.

“Anybody who knows me would never misinterpret the message of the photo my wife took in Miami that seems to have caused unexpected rage by some people. I do not court controversy. But I realize that a photo that was meant to be complimentary and lighthearted has turned into a questionable issue,” he said in a statement.

“For the record, It hurts me deeply that anyone would think that I would disrespect women or be insulting to any human being,” the statement continued. “I was not brought up that way and it is not in my character. I regret that there are people out there who found the photo offensive. That was not and is not my intention.”

“Women are to be celebrated, loved, respected, honored and revered. I’ve spent my life believing that and will continue to do so.

The “Haven’t Met You Yet” singer, 39, angered some fans after posting a shot of himself posing in front of an unidentified female wearing shorts, along with a caption singling out the woman’s butt.

“There was something about this photo lu took, that seemed worthy of Instagram,” Bublé wrote.

He also followed the comment with several rear-end-related hashtags: #myhumps #babygotback #hungryshorts#onlyinmiami #picoftheday #beautifulbum.

But not all social media users found the Canadian artist’s picture worthy of Instagram, taking to the photo-sharing platform and Twitter to criticize Bublé for his comments, which many interpreted as body shaming.

However, some commenters came to the singer’s defense, arguing that the post wasn’t mean-spirited.

“So he’s admiring a nicely shaped butt. Big deal!” an Instagram user wrote.

“I’m on team Michael and Lu on this one! How is this body/booty shaming? People need to relax!” another user said.

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