Justin Bieber expressed regret for his past use of racial slurs on Tuesday. In an Instagram post, the 25-year-old singer wrote, "I'm determined this holiday season to take ownership of all my shortcomings and work on them for myself and the ones I love!"
In 2014, the "Love Yourself" singer was embroiled in a scandal when two videos surfaced of him saying the n-word as a teenager. One showed a 15-year-old Bieber telling a racist joke where he repeatedly used the n-word in the punchline. In another video taken of Bieber when he was 14, the singer changed the lyrics of his hit tune "One Less Lonely Girl" by replacing the word "girl" with the n-word. The singer's team apparently released the videos as people were trying to extort Bieber and he was ready to accept responsibility.
"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," Bieber, then 20, said in a statement at the time.
He added: "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."
Source : aol.com/entertainment