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Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has apologized for posting a video online in which he can be heard yelling at his young nephew for wearing a princess dress.

Hamilton deleted the video and issued a series of tweets apologizing on Tuesday after he was criticized for questioning the boy’s gender expression.

The four-time Formula One champion wrote to his Twitter account he said: ‘Yesterday I was playing around with my nephew and realised that my words were inappropriate so I removed the post. I meant no harm and did not mean to offend anyone at all. I love that my nephew feels free to express himself as we all should.

‘My deepest apologies for my behaviour as I realise it is really not acceptable for anyone, no matter where you are from, to marginalise or stereotype anyone.’

‘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,’ the athlete concluded.

His statement came fans blasted him for his Christmas Day post, which has now been deleted.

The clip opened with the 32-year-old filming himself saying: ‘I’m so sad right now…look at my nephew.’

Lewis then turned the camera on his nephew, who looked over the moon waving a wand and wearing a purple and pink dress with a tulle skirt.

The F1 star asked his nephew: ‘Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas? Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas, boys don’t wear Christmas dresses!’

Meanwhile, his younger niece tottered around in angel wings in the background.

The video has now been deleted from Lewis’s Insta story, but has begun to circulate on social media, with people angry that the driver mocked the boy’s rather cool choice of Christmas present. (AP/Metro.co.uk)

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