The embattled pop star’s mentor, who famously beat out Justin Timberlake to sign the then 13-year-old to his label, posted the statement below on Instagram on Saturday after more footage of a young Bieber telling racist jokes surfaced last week.
“At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgement, that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort. As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn’t always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist.
What he was 5 years ago was a naive child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs. What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes.”
What do you think? Should Justin be excused for his behavior as a younger teen or nah?