Justin Bieber's mentor Usher has finally released an official statement via Instagram following the singer's racist jokes.
The "Good Singer" insists that Bieber isn't a racist, but his recent string of legal issues prove that he doesn't always make the right decisions.
"At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgment," Usher said. "[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."
The leaked outtakes from his film Never Say Never show the singer repeatedly saying the n-word in a joke about African Americans.
Migos, Floyd Mayweather and Soulja Boy have also come to Bieber's defense claiming that he isn't a racist.