Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber Apologies for Racist Joke

02 Jun 2014

Singer says sorry following outcry over leaked video

Justin just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. The 20 year old wild child has eaten humble pie in an attempt to stop the controversy about a recently resurfaced video of him making a racist joke was leaked to the press, by apologising and saying he made a "reckless and immature mistake."

A statement issued by the Biebs about the video which is said to have been shot during the production of his 2011 documentary Never Say Never when he was 15 years old reads: "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."

The singer who counts prominent African Americans including Usher and rapper Lil Wayne among his celebrity friends continues, "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."

The clip which has now gone viral appears to show a young Bieber asking pals, "Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?" before answering, "Run, n**ger, n**ger, n**ger, n**ger, run."

Justin has previously faced accusations of racism in 2012 when he mentioned to Rolling Stones magazine during an interview ""I'm actually part Indian. I think Inuit or something? I'm enough percent that in Canada, I can get free gas."

During that firestorm The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples retorted: "These kinds of remarks are another example of what Aboriginal peoples in Canada struggle with every day. It promotes the misconception that we are somehow getting a free ride. This simply is not the case and we are concerned that many people may believe what he said."

We're all waiting for Justin to grow up and learn from his previous mistakes. But it seems like it's going to be a very long wait...