Usher, essentially the man behind Justin Bieber’s music career, has finally given his two cents on the controversial videos that have dropped of the now 21-year-old singer using racial slurs. On his Instagram, Usher posted a throwback photo with Bieber, and included the following caption:
“At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgement, that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort. 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. 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. 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.”
In both videos recorded of Bieber about five years ago, he is captured dropping a series of N-bombs while telling racist jokes and playfully singing a “One Less Lonely N-gger” remix to one of his early singles. He has since garnered the support of Floyd Mayweather, Young Money and 50 Cent, who all have attested to the incidents as immature mistakes.
Bieber has also since released an apology.