The 35 year-old singer has publically defended Bieber over the racist comments he made in two leaked pieces of footage from several years ago.
Usher has definitely got Justin Bieber's back.
The 35 year-old singer has kept fairly quiet about the pop star's recent racism scandal, but he has finally spoke out by defending Bieber.
Usher, who signed the 20 year-old to his record label at the age of 13, took to Instagram to post a lengthy statement about the racist comment's Bieber made in two leaked clips.
"At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgment, that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort," the R&B star shared, along with a photo of himself and a young Bieber.
"As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn't always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist," he continued.
"What he was 5 years ago was a naive child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs," Usher concluded. "What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes."
The Canadian star caused outrage after a video was published by the British tabloid The Sun of Bieber asking, "Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?"
The singer, who was smirking, then delivered the offensive punch line, saying: "Run n-----, n-----, n-----, n-----, n-----."
Only days after this video emerged online, another clip showing Bieber using racial slurs surfaced. He is seen rapping about killing a 'N-word' and joining the Klu Klux Klan, as well as changing the words of his 2009 hit 'One Less Lonely Girl' to One Less Lonely N----.'
Bieber issued an apology for his "ignorance" as he was just "a kid then," after the first tape was released, and on Thursday (June 5th) he once again said he is "sorry for all those I have let down and offended," following the second tape surfacing.
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