Signer and actor Troye Sivan. Picture: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP

Australian singer Troye Sivan says that rapper Eminem's use of a homophobic slur in his latest album "Kamikaze" is inexcusable.

"I don't think there's ever really a reason," the singer told variety.com. 

He added: "I just feel like some words are not meant for everyone, or for anyone. It's not that hard to respect that, so I just hope that people do."

Sivan, who came out publicly as gay in a YouTube video in 2013, said forgiveness for actions like Eminem's is possible, though not without some real work.

"I would like to believe that people can grow and change. I think that repeated behaviour is something that should be taken really seriously... I would love to believe that if the person showed enough genuine remorse and understanding of how they have hurt people and actively made strides to correct that - I would like to believe I can be fine with that person," he said.

Eminem came under fire shortly after the release of "Kamikaze", as one track "The Fall" includes the lyrics: "Tyler create nothin', I see why you called yourself a f****t, bitch", in reference to rapper Tyler, the Creator.

He acknowledged that he had made a mistake in an interview: "I think the word that I called him on that song was one of the things where I felt like, ‘This might be too far'."

He added: "Because in my quest to hurt him, I realise that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it."

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