Justin Bieber is speaking out after another controversial video surfaced – this time, showing the singer performing a racist parody of his 2009 song, “One Less Lonely Girl” when he was a teen.
“Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with,” Bieber said in a statement released to Access Hollywood. “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.”
In the latest video, Bieber sings, “One less lonely n****r,” and then laughs as others are heard laughing in the background. The singer repeats the line multiple times and then adds, “There’s gonna be one less lonely n****r, if I kill you, I’ll be part of the KKK,” referring to the Ku Klux Klan.
Prior to his apology, Bieber posted a shot of numerous Bible verses on Instagram.
Beiber’s manager, Scooter Braun, also weighed in on the incident, quoting himself in an Instagram post.
“Some mistakes have no excuses. They are just wrong. But how a man reacts to those mistakes. . . How he owns it and learns from it. . . That defines him more than the mistake itself,” a statement read on Braun’s account.
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, the singer first apologized after a video surfaced last week of him telling a racist joke in another old video.
“As a kid, 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,” Bieber said at the time.
-- Jesse Spero