I learned a few years ago, the hard way I might add, that it never pays to say “I’m sorry.”
As soon as you apologize for something, even if you just say it so that everyone will shut the hell up for a minute, whatever you apologized for becomes your fault. That’s how everyone will see it, after all why would you have apologized unless you were guilty.
As anyone with anxiety will tell you, this concept is really difficult to wrap your head around. Often times apologising is an emotional matter. When it feels like everyone is shitting on you and it gets so loud that your head hurts, when you want nothing more than for everyone to just leave you alone and you see no other out, you apologize. You apologize to find release but then all it brings is chaos. You can’t win for losing.