Colleen Ballinger Acknowledges and Apologizes for Infamous Ukulele Apology Video
Popular YouTuber Colleen Ballinger has addressed and apologized for her controversial ukulele apology video posted in June, responding to allegations of grooming. In a new video titled “fall vlog,” Ballinger returned to YouTube after a four-month hiatus, expressing disappointment in her previous response and admitting it was “really embarrassing.”
The allegations against Ballinger surfaced in 2020, gaining renewed attention in June with an NBC News report that included accusations from YouTuber Adam McIntyre. McIntyre alleged that Ballinger had an inappropriate personal relationship with him between the ages of 13 and 16, involving actions such as sending lingerie as a joke and providing access to her social media.
In her latest video, Ballinger acknowledged the accusations, stating, “Over the last 15 years of my career, there have been moments where I was immature and inappropriate with some of my comedy. And there were times when I did not put enough thought into my fan interactions. And because of that behavior, people got hurt, and I am so sorry.”
Expressing remorse for causing harm, Ballinger emphasized her commitment to creating a positive and inclusive online space. She concluded the video by mentioning her plans to continue vlogging on YouTube and extended an invitation for viewers to join her journey, recognizing that not everyone may welcome her back.
“I just wanted to come on here and say that I’m sorry and I wanted to try to show people that it’s possible for someone to grow and learn and be better after making mistakes many years ago,” Ballinger stated.