Demi Lovato I Wasn't Laughing About Zika ... My Mom's Just Funny

8/13/2016 12:54 PM PDT

Demi Lovato swears a vid posted of her laughing after a comment made by her mom about Zika was in no way poking fun of the virus.

Lovato came under heavy fire Friday night after a video surfaced of her mom saying, "Everybody down in Rio gonna get the Zika virus." Demi can be heard laughing in the background.

Lovato released a statement Saturday to clarify why she laughed, saying, "In no way did I mean to offend anyone last night. I was laughing at how southern my mom sounded, not the issue at hand. Deepest apologies."