With people still debating whether or not Justin Bieber is racist following the leak of two videos earlier this week, Usher has responded to the controversy. Usher, who was Bieber's mentor early in his career, posted an old picture of the two on Instagram. In the caption, he 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. 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."
It looks as though Usher is standing by Bieber during this tumultuous time period for the young singer. Bieber has also received support from other celebrities, including Mack Maine, Soulja Boy, Floyd Mayweather, and Mike Tyson.
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