Justin Bieber is nothing if not sorry.
The 20-year-old singer has apologized again after a second video featuring him using the N-word surfaced online on Wednesday (June 4.)
In the video, a 14-year-old Justin is seen changing and singing the lyrics in his 2009 Usher-penned hit “One Less Lonely Girl” to “One Less Lonely N-word.” At the chorus point, the N-word is substituted for “girl.” He also sings: “If I kill you, I’ll be part of the KKK, but there’ll be one less lonely N-word.”
KKK is shorthand for the Tennessee-originated white supremacist hate group, the Klu Klux Klan, who terrorized black people and carried out thousands of lynchings.
Bieber and his team actually released the six-years-old video to TMZ themselves after the UK’s The Sun newspaper reported on the racially sensitive clip in their Wednesday edition. The British tabloid later added the video to that report.
Despite the fact that Bieber is 14-years-old in the “One Less Lonely N-Word“ video, he has apologized again.
Speaking to The Sun, the embattled star said:
“Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with.”
Making it clear he does not condone racist behavior, the 20-year-old added:
“I just hope that the next 14-year-old kid who doesn’t understand the power of these words does not make the same mistakes I made years ago.”
Bieber continued: “At the end of the day I just need to step up and own what I did.”
He concluded: “Once again, I am sorry for all those I have let down and offended.”
The Canadian also took to his Instagram to posted texts and Bible passages that spoke of forgiveness.
The first text is taken from the best-selling book “Jesus Calling“ by Sarah Young.
It begins: “When your sins weigh heavily upon you, come to Me. Confess your wrongdoing, which I know all about before you say a word. Stay in the Light of My Presence, receiving forgiveness, cleansing, and healing.”
“Remember that I have clothed you in My Righteousness, so nothing can separate you from Me.. Whenever you stumble or fall, I am there to help you up.”
Bieber also posted three passages from the New Testament, two from the Book of John, one from Isaiah.
Meanwhile, TMZ revealed the singer’s camp have been subjected to many extortion attempts over the years over the racially insensitive videos of Bieber when he was a child.
The site reports the most recent attempt was two months ago. A lawyer reportedly contacted Bieber’s team acting on behalf of a man who once worked on one of Justin’s video projects. The pair were allegedly hoping to shakedown the singer’s camp for $1 million.
That individual accessed the singer’s personal computer hard drive and found the footage of another video from 2009, in which the then 15-year-old tells a racist joke using the N-word as the punchline to a gag about black people and chainsaws.
Justin’s team refused to bargain for the video even though the price was lowered, reportedly because they believed the exposing of the tape would not be harmful because the singer was only 15-years-old at the time.
Shortly after, the “racist” joke video wound up at The Sun newspaper and was published on Sunday, June 1.
Bieber and his team released a full apology within hours, in which the singer apologized for his “reckless and immature mistake” made, “as a kid.”
(Photo: Bieber made a good impression in Cannes, France, last month and was reportedly attempting to clean up his act before old footage plunged him into a new, racism scandal.)
In previous days, some of Justin’s African-American friends including champ boxer Floyd Mayweather, Soulja Boy, a former bodyguard and rap trio Migos rallied to defend him from claims of racism and reminded people that the videos are years old.
In addition, TMZ reports Young Money Entertainment is standing by Bieber. The site reports Lil Wayne, Birdman and the whole label still consider Bieber as family.
Young Money President Mack Maine told the site:
“[Justin] has legitimately adopted the culture of the hip hop, African American culture.”