Beyoncé has issued an apology after being criticised for using an audio clip from the Challenger space shuttle disaster in her new song.
‘XO’ features a sample from former NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt, recorded shortly after the 1986 explosion, which killed all seven crewmembers.
Nesbitt’s message, “Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction,” is used at the beginning of ‘XO’.
June Scobee Rodgers, widow of Challenger crewmember Dick Scobee, told ABC News: “We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song ‘XO’.
“The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues and friends.”
The singer issued a statement to ABC News, defending the use of the sample in the song, and apologising for any offence caused.
“My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster,” she said. “The song ‘XO’ was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones and to remind us that unexpected things happen, so love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you.
“The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten.”
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