Justin Bieber is sorry for letting down his fans. The pop star, who is in the center of racism controversy, has issued another apology after the second video of him using N-word hit the internet a few days ago. "Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I've ever dealt with," he said in a statement to media.
"But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger. I just hope that the next 14-year-old kid who doesn't understand the power of these words does not make the same mistakes I made years ago. At the end of the day I just need to step up and own what I did," Bieber added.
In the years-old video which emerged online earlier this week, Bieber can be seen changing the lyrics of his song "One Less Lonely Girl" to "One Less Lonely N****." He also joked about joining the Ku Klux Klan. Prior to releasing the statement, the 20-year-old star posted Bible verses about sin and forgiveness, but he did not directly mention the controversy.
Bieber's mentor Usher, who had been staying mum following news about the "Baby" singer's antics and legal trouble, talked about the younger star in an interview with Nylon Guys. "It's unfortunate. I hate some of the things I hear. Is it all true? I don't know. But I will tell you this: success comes with a price. Every person that has grown up, grows up with something. It ain't just perfect from the beginning," he told the magazine.
Usher also said that he would keep supporting the younger star. "I gave every bit of advice and always told him it was up to him if he really wanted this (pop career). Now that he has it, as an adult, it's his to manage. Do I turn my head in shame based off of what I see, what I know? Nah, I don't because it's all part of life's process. Am I in it with him? Yeah," he explained.
Bieber's friends such as Lil Za and Mack Maine have also come to his defense. Whoopi Goldberg additionally said on "The View", "He's issued an apology saying he was too young to understand and he's Canadian. There's a reason I say this. You know, Canadian words - I'm going to say the word so get ready to beep me. N****r doesn't mean anything in Canada."
"I don't mean to say Canadians have been throwing it around," she continued. "I don't think, that when they hear the songs everyone is playing, and every other word is n****r... What I'm saying is that, when you are 15 and you're someplace where that's not a word that you have associated with people of color, they weren't calling them that."
Goldberg additionally explained in a Twitter post, "Canadians, I was saying the N word is not something that lived in Canada the way it lived here, part of American history." In response to her statement, Mike Tyson tweeted, "I agree with you @whoopigoldberg. We all make mistakes and I believe @justinbieber is learning."