Singer and actor Drake Bell has apologised for insensitive tweets about Caitlyn Jenner.
Bell said on Twitter he would not refer to retired Olympian Bruce Jenner by his new female name, Caitlyn.
Jenner revealed her new persona this week on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine.
“Sorry….still calling you Bruce,” Bell tweeted.
After a backlash from some followers, Bell deleted the tweet and wrote: “That’s bravery!”
He continued to explain himself by writing: “Good thing social media has no effect on real life… I’m not dissing (blasting) him! I just don’t want to forget his legacy! He is the greatest athlete of all time! Chill out!”
Bell then posted a formal apology on Twitter.
“I sincerely apologize for my thoughtless insensitive remarks. I in no way meant to hurt or demean those going through a similar journey,” he said.