Usher has taken to the web to defend Justin Bieber. Usher has worked with Justin since the beginning as his mentor, and he wants the world to know that despite Justin’s racist videos that surfaced this month, Justin is NOT a racist.
Usher shared the following note with fans:
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.
Justin is currently in Canada with his family after taking a trip to Mexico to escape the media when the videos released. It is unclear when Justin plans to return home to Atlanta, Georgia.