A video of Justin Bieber telling a racist joke surfaced the internet. Although the video was shot 5 years ago, the singer now issued an official apology through AP.
The UK Sun and TMZ initially reported the video, which was shot at a promotional event in the backstage area while Bieber was filming the “Never Say Never” documentary.
After the video was released, Justin Bieber released the statement and said:
As a kid, I didn’t understand the power of certain word and how they can hurt. I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes… Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs.
The 20-year-old singer is surrounded by controversy at the moment. Besides the video that surfaced with him telling the racist joke, he is also investigated for attempted robbery. He allegedly tried to steel a cell phone from a woman that took a picture of him.
Following the attempted robbery incident, Bieber tweeted:
It is hard to defend myself and my privacy every moment of the day. Then to see rumors. The truth will set u free.
He also included a TMZ report screengrab with an employee that was around when the incident happens and that claimed Justin Bieber did not try to rob anyone.