Usher has broken his silence on the now infamous Justin Bieber videos that surfaced online in recent weeks.
Since the videos were published online a slew of black celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of the Canadian pop star, including the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Mack Maine, Whoopi Goldberg, Soulja Boy, and Mike Tyson.
Bieber’s mentor Usher is the latest to add his voice to the controversy that could potentially ended the pop star’s career.
Yesterday Usher posted a photo on Instagram of himself and Justin Bieber with a long caption defending his protege.
“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.”