Usher said that even though he wasn’t happy with the Biebs, he is not a racist, but just a ‘naive child’ who did not understand the enormity of his utterances.
Posting an old photo of the pair on Instagram Saturday, the singer wrote, ‘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,’ he continued.
‘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,’ he concluded.
Justin has since apologized for his actions.