Justin Bieber apologizes for second racist video: 'I need to take responsibility for those mistakes'
Justin Bieber is issuing apologies more frequently than he’s dropping new music these days.
The pop star offered another public mea culpa Thursday, this time for a second unearthed video featuring the star using racial slurs. In the clip, a 14-year-old Bieber sings a racist parody of his hit “One Less Lonely Girl” in which he talks about killing black people and joining the KKK, and repeatedly uses the N-word.
“Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with,” the singer, now 20, said in a statement given to E! News.”But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger.”
He added: “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.”
Echoing that sentiment, TMZ says it released the footage on Wednesday because Bieber and his team told the site “he wants to own what he did.”
The apology comes hours after Bieber shared an inspirational message about confessing one’s sins and seeking forgiveness from God. He posted the excerpt — reportedly taken from Jesus Calling, a daily devotional by Sarah Young — to Instagram:
This is the second time this week Bieber has apologized for making racist remarks. On Sunday, he stated that he regretted comments he made in a video filmed when he was 15. That clip caught the singer making an offensive joke and repeatedly using the N-word as a punchline.