Paris Hilton has been forced to apologize for making homophobic comments.

The socialite made a number of anti-gay comments during New York City’s Fashion Week.

The stir came after Hilton entered a taxi on September 7. The driver recorded a conversation between 31-year-old Hilton and another person in the back seat, in which Hilton referred to gay men as “disgusting” and that “most of them probably have AIDS. I would be so scared if I were a gay guy. You’ll like, die of AIDS.”

Hilton has now formally apologized for her comments in a statement sent to the Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) on Friday.

“It is the last thing that I would ever want to do and I cannot put into words how much I wish I could take back every word,” she said in the statement. She went on to explain that the private conversation was actually with a gay friend, and that the comments were not meant seriously.

“No one should have to go through that. Again, I am so sorry from the bottom of my heart and I feel absolutely horrible. I hope that everyone can accept my apology and know that it is not who I am or how I feel in any way,” she concluded.