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Chris Bassett Addresses His Wife Candiace Dillard Bassett’s Past Homophobic Tweets; Says “I Only Have The Love, Admiration, And Respect For The LGBTQ+ Community That I Do BECAUSE Of My Wife”

Chris Bassett, the husband of Real Housewives of Potomac star Candiace Dillard Bassett, is coming to his wife's defense after she faced backlash over her past homophobic tweets, which recently resurfaced on social media.

Chris took to Twitter to address the topic and to defend his wife. "I understand how my wife’s tweets could easily cause hurt and damage to people," he wrote.

"Those tweets aren’t who I know.  I only have the love, admiration, and respect for the LGBTQ+ community that I do BECAUSE of my wife," adding, "She’s the one who educated me! #rhop"

As we previously reported, the tweets that were originally posted on Candiace's official Twitter page back in 2010. The tweets were shared by Twitter account @freeishmedia.

"Queenie gay men irk me," one tweet from Candiace read, which was posted on January 9, 2010

"I'm personally turned off by men who r too into fashion," Candiace tweet on October 14, 2010. "It's a fine line. When u do too much, I'm disgusted. Makes me think "gay.""

In a tweet that Candiace posted on November 11, 2010, she took a jab at Phaedra Parks's then-husband, Apollo Nida. "Phaedra's husband is so AWKWARD. ughhhhh. I think he might be a little gay too....hmmm..... #realhousewivesofatl."

In another tweet, Candiace wrote, "I think my officemate might be a little gay," she tweeted on November 18, 2010. "He does some strange things....makes me raise an eyebrow here and there."

On January 23, 2011, Candiace responded to a tweet from a user who wrote, "If you wanna be or are gay then do you. But wtf is up wit dudes wanting to be a women?

To which Candiace responded, "<--- agreed."

A day after the tweets resurfaced, Dillard Bassett took to social media pages to issue a public apology over her past comments to the LGBTQIA+ community.

In the post, her statement begins with, "I want to address tweets that resurfaced from nearly 10 years ago that may have offended people I love dearly and those who have supported me as a Potomac Housewife."

"To my loyal fanbase, particularly the LGBTQIA+ viewers, thank for your unwavering support. I love you. I, alone, am responsible for my words and I deeply regret saying anything that could have hurt my friends, colleagues, family and fans. At the time I was a private citizen, speaking carelessly and crassly as we often do, and for my lack of better judgment, I am sorry."

"While I have always considered myself an ally of the LGBTQIA+ rights and causes, as well as my personal relationships with those who identify as LGBTQIA+."

"While I've learned and matured over the past decade, I am still evolving. The language I used carelessly wasn't acceptable back then, and it isn't acceptable now. I acknowledge that my words were hurtful, and for that I am deeply sorry," she continued.

"In recent years, I have remained committed to the fight for equality for all. While I've personally experienced the pain of disenfranchisement as a Black woman, I will never know firsthand the hurt many  LGBTQIA+ people experience from pervasive discrimination, family rejection, barriers to employment, homelessness, homophobia, transphobia and more."

Her statement concluded with, "This has been a humbling experience, but I remain committed to learning and listening to become a more effective and empathetic ally. My prayer is that this may serve as a teachable moment for those who are willing to listen and learn as it has been for me. It's imperative that we love more, have empathy, and search for understanding. I am truly sorry for my comments and I only ask for patience and understanding as I strive to evolve as a person."

She added, "With love and respect, CDB."

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Photo Credit: Courtesy via Instagram/Chris Bassett