Fans have rallied behind Shotzi after her apology (Picture: WWE; Backgrid)
The 29-year-old wrestler revealed she is a ‘huge fan’ of the late Bat Out of Hell legend – who died on Thursday aged 74 – but has now said sorry after some Twitters users criticised her over a tweet she shared after the sad news broke.
On Friday, she tweeted: ‘Woah. I ate meatloaf last night. RIP.’
The post was almost immediately deleted but still sparked backlash online, and now Shotzi has taken to the social media platform to apologise and explain the context behind her tweet.
She wrote: ‘I honestly was not trying to make a joke about Meatloaf’s passing.
‘I legitimately made a meatloaf on Thursday while listening to “paradise by the dashboard light” on repeat so I was shocked by the coincidence and impulsively posted about it.
‘I took down the post immediately within a few minutes because I quickly realized it was disrespectful and insensitive when in reality I am actually a huge fan. This has consumed me and I feel very gross.
‘I’m genuinely sorry to the friends and family that saw that post. I cant stop thinking about how that might have made anyone close to him feel (sic).’
Fans have rallied behind the SmackDown star following her apology, with plenty of fans insisting she didn’t need to say sorry for the initial post.
One fan wrote: ‘Hope you can forgive yourself and not feel bad anymore. I don’t think you meant anything malicious with it. Sending you love.’
Another added: ‘You did nothing wrong, unfortunate coincidences happen especially when your intentions were already clear in the first place.’
Meat Loaf actually has history in the world of wrestling, having appeared on an episode of WWE Raw back in 2011 when he tried to convince Randy Orton to let him sing his new entrance theme.
Eventually, Orton snapped and dropped Meat Loaf with a huge RKO to the roar of the fans, with the latter having played his role to perfection to get the audience riled up.
The Bat Out Of Hell legend and Grammy winner died on Thursday night with his wife Deborah by his side.
A statement posted to Facebook read: ‘Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side.
‘Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.
‘His amazing career spanned 6 decades that saw him sell over 100 Million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World. Bat Out of Hell remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time.
‘We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man.’
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