A PUBLIC apology by singer Rob Mills for a photo posted on social media that was deemed as homophobic by many has been met with praise on Twitter.

The singer, who rose to prominence in the first season of Australian Idol in 2003, posted a photo on Instagram after Saturday’s AFL Grand Final showing a Sydney Swans figurine in a bent-over position with a Hawthorn Hawks figurine behind it, in what appeared to be a gay sex act.

The image was captioned with “#hilarious” and “#criticssaidwhaaaaaat”.

The photo was almost immediately met with intense criticism on social media, with many accusing Mills of being homophobic.

There were also social media users who attacked the social media controversy over Mills’ photo, highlighting his long term advocacy for the LGBTI community and his vocal support for marriage equality.

In response, Mills — who has starred in stage musicals Grease and Wicked — posted a statement on his website on Sunday where he apologised “unreservedly” for the image:

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The response to Mills’ apology was then mostly met with praise by many Twitter users, while others continued to defend him for not being homophobic to begin with:

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