“Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with,” Bieber said in a statement obtained by E! News. “But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger.”
The apology is the second one in two days Bieber has issued for the video reportedly shot when he was 14, in which he repeatedly uses the N-word and jokes about joining the Ku Klux Klan. Both Bieber and manager Scooter Braun posted responses to that clip on Wednesday, but the latest scandal to envelop the now-20-year-old singer continues to boil.
“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,” Bieber said. “At the end of the day I just need to step up and own what I did.” In his first apology, Bieber quoted the lines from a daily devotional from Sarah Young entitled “Jesus Calling.”
“Confess your wrong doing, which I know all about before you say a word. Stay in the Light of My Presence, receiving forgiveness, cleansing, and healing,” read the verse Bieber posted on Instagram along with three passages from the New Testament. “Remember that I have clothed you in My Righteousness, so nothing can separate you from Me. Whenever you stumble or fall, I am there to help you up.”
In the video, Bieber sings a version of his hit, “One Less Lonely Girl,” that finds him spewing racially insensitive lyrics: “One less lonely n—-r/ One less lonely n—-r … there’s gonna be one less lonely n—-r,” going on to joke about joining the KKK.
Earlier this week, Bieber posted an apology for a different video, in which he is seen using the N-word and telling a racist joke. That clip was reportedly made when he was 15 during the filming of his 2011 documentary “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.”