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Saina Nehwal reacts to Siddharth's apology, says don't know why it went viral

Actor Siddharth, whose response to a tweet by badminton player Saina Nehwal has stirred up a controversy, tendered an apology to the badminton star for what he called a 'rude joke'. Saina accepted the apology saying she doesn't understand why it went viral in the first place.

India TV Trending Desk Edited by: India TV Trending Desk New Delhi Updated on: January 12, 2022 12:11 IST
Saina Nehwal, Siddharth

Saina Nehwal, Siddharth


  • Siddharth's response to Saina Nehwal's tweet on PM's security breach triggered controversy
  • Siddharth outrightly apologised calling his tweet a 'rude joke'
  • Saina accepted the apology saying she is happy about it

Saina Nehwal has reacted to Siddharth's apology. The actor apologised to the badminton player after he was brutally trolled for his 'lewd' tweet about the sports personality. Speaking to the news agency, Saina said that she's happy about the apology, however, she didn't understand why the tweet went viral on social media platforms. Saina said she is glad that he acknowledged that. Actor Siddharth issued a public apology for his unsavoury remarks on her after she raised concerns about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's security breach recently. 

"He only said it and he is now apologising. I was surprised to see myself trending on Twitter that day. I haven't spoken to him but I am happy that he apologised," she said on the sidelines of the ongoing India Open in Delhi.

"See, it is about women, he shouldn't target a woman like that but it's okay, I am not bothered about it, I am happy in my space and god bless him," she added.

Siddharth's reply to the Olympic bronze medallist's tweet on PM Modi's security breach in Punjab attracted much flak a few days ago, with the National Commission for Women (NCW) asking Twitter India to "immediately" block the actor's account.

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He issued an apology on Wednesday, calling his comment a "rude joke" and admitted that he could not "justify my tone and words."

After Saina posted her tweet on PM's security breach, Siddharth had tweeted, "Subtle cock champion of the world…Thank God we have protectors of India (sic)."

Following strong criticism on social media for his comment, Siddharth said that "nothing disrespectful was intended".

On Wednesday, Siddharth outrightly apologised.

"Dear Saina, I want to apologise to you for my rude joke that I wrote as a response to a tweet of yours, a few days ago. I may disagree with you on many things but even my disappointment or anger when I read your tweet, cannot justify my tone and words.

I know I have more grace in me than that. 

"As for the joke, if a joke needs to be explained, then it wasn't a very good joke to begin with. Sorry about a joke that didn't land," he said.

"I hope we can put this behind us and that you will accept my letter. You will always be my Champion. Honestly, Siddharth," he added.

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