After Freda Jackson complained that there were too many Spanish holidaymakers in a Spanish town, she made headlines across the world.
But now the 81 year-old has broken her silence and attempted to explain her comments.
Here’s what she originally said:
The hotel was full of Spanish holidaymakers and they really got on our nerves because they were just so rude.
One evening a Spanish guy nearly knocked me flying and he just walked off without even apologising.
The entertainment in the hotel was all focused and catered for the Spanish - why can't the Spanish go somewhere else for their holidays?
It is hardly surprising that Spanish people would rather enjoy their surroundings than pay extra money to go elsewhere. After all, people travel from across the world to visit Spain. But Jackson has nevertheless attempted to calm the storm by claiming that her comments were taken badly out of context.
She also toldThe Mirror that the online reaction views was “disgusting”.
I never said the Spanish should go to another hotel, just that the hotel didn't cater to English people. It's been totally taken out of context.
Now people who don't even know me are calling me racist which is just not true.
I didn't slag the Spanish off at all.
It’s hardly surprising that a Spanish hotel, with abundance of Spanish tourists who visit regularly every year, didn’t go out of its way to accommodate English people. As Britain leaves the EU, perhaps this is a sign of things to come?
Jackson’s 61 year-old friend, who accompanied her on the holiday, said:
It wasn't the holiday we expected but Freda's comments were exaggerated out of all proportion.
Freda is a lovely woman. It's upsetting, and it makes me angry the way she's been treated.