Unfortunately for Young Bieber, video footage of him telling a racist joke at the age of 15 has been leaked by British pay site Page Six, not twelve hours after the controversial pop star posted an Instagram video of himself dancing to Young Thug and Metro Boomin’s “The Blanguage.”
TMZ apparently acquired this footage four years ago, but decided not to post it in a rare moment of restraint due to the fact that “he was 15 and immediately told his friends what he did was stupid.”
Almost seven hours after the footage surfaced, Bieber has issued a formal apology for using the word to TMZ. He lays the blame on his youth and says he’s learned from his mistakes. Read the full apology below.
As a young man, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance. Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologize again to all those I have offended. I’m very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake. I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again. Ignorance has no place in our society and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say but telling the truth is always what’s right. Five years ago I made a reckless and immature mistake and I’m grateful to those close to me who helped me learn those lessons as a young man. Once again….I’m sorry.
Also, here is the footage of Justin BIeber using the N word