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Miss Teen USA under fire for alleged liberal use of N-word in tweets

Technically Incorrect: Newly-crowned Texan Karlie Hay now says she was going through personal struggles at the time of her postings.

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A nightmare past?

MissTeenUSA/Twitter screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

You're likely still recovering from the excitement of Miss Teen USA.

On Saturday night, 18-year-old Texan Karlie Hay beat four other white blonde girls to win the title.

A darker shadow, though, was cast when screenshots of tweets apparently written by her emerged.

These, from 2013 and 2014, contained several instances of the N-word and were posted on what appears to be her personal Twitter account, which is now set to private.

Hay immediately took to the @RealMissTXteen Twitter account in apparent confirmation of her Twittering past.

"I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for," she said.

She added: "Several years ago, I had many personal struggles and found myself in a place that is not representative of who I am as a person."

Hay went on to explain that education and sisterhood of pageant life had helped get her through those trying times.

We have all said things in the past that we regret. We just hope that there's no record of those things on Twitter, Instagram or some other social medium with a better memory than Donald Trump's.

The Miss Universe Organization, which owns Miss Teen USA, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

However, it issued a statement, reported by Houston's KTRK-TV, which described Hay's language as "unacceptable at any age." The organization added that it was standing by her and is "committed to supporting her continued growth."

Hay's pageant page says that her goal is to "become a businesswoman and to continue advocating for those affected by drug and alcohol abuse."