By Dylan Kickham
February 22, 2016 at 03:20 PM EST
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During a show in Melbourne on Saturday, Rob Thomas offended fans by making a joke that was perceived as racist. “I keep drinking until I think I’m a black Australian,” Thomas said on stage. The comment was caught on video and posted to TMZ.

After facing backlash from artists and fans, Thomas, best known as the Matchbox 20 frontman, posted an apology note to his Facebook page.

“I did not intend to make a joke ABOUT race,” he wrote. “I have seen people comment that after coming here for so long I should know that there is a connection between the indigenous peoples of Australia and a stereotype involving drinking. Embarrassingly, I truly didn’t. The joke I made was meant to be at no one’s expense but my own. I made a comment about drinking so much on the long flight over that i started to think i was something i’m not. I said I drank until I thought I was Australian. Then I drank so much that I thought I was a black Australian and then I drank so much I thought I was a little Australian girl. These were 3 things I chose at random to represent 3 things I’m not. I’m not Australian. I’m not black and I’m not a little girl. Again, if I had any idea of the stereotype I would have chosen another example. There was absolutely no malice even in jest.”

Read Thomas’s full apology below:

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