Usher has come out in support of Justin Bieber after leaked videos emerged showing the pop star using racial slurs.
The R&B singer released a statement to his Twitter account on Saturday and called his protégé ‘a naive child’ who didn’t understand the seriousness of what he was saying in the footage, which was recorded when Justin was 14.
Usher included a picture of him with the star around the same time when the videos were shot, showing the singer as a fresh-faced teen with long bangs.
Speaking out: Usher has voiced his support for Justin Bieber in the wake of the N-word scandal in a forgiving Twitter message in which he calls the pop star ‘naive’ and ‘not a racist’; he also posted this 2009 picture
The Voice mentor, 35, was clearly disappointed with Justin, but forgave the 20-year-old while pushing him to be a good role model to his millions of fans.
‘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,’ Usher began.
He added: ‘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.
Be a good example: The R&B singer wrote that Justin didn’t get the ‘negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs’ but that he can set things right by being a good example to kids
‘Very sorry’: Justin (pictured in France on May 22) has already apologised for the two videos in which he made racially insensitive remarks and a number of famous people have supported him including 50 Cent
‘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.’
Usher is the latest in a long list of celebrities who have come out in support for Justin including Whoopi Goldberg, Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, Young Money,and Souljah Boy.
Rapper 50 Cent recently weighed into the contentious Justin Bieber racism storm by insisting the Canadian singer is ‘still a baby’ – but not a racist.
Justin faces a career threatening backlash following the emergence of two damning videos in which he uses the N-word, first while cracking a racist joke and, in a second piece of footage, while modifying the lyrics to his hit single, One Less Lonely Girl.
He’s no racist: 50 Cent, pictured on Wenesday, insists singer Justin Bieber is ‘still a baby’
Controversial: Bieber uses the N-word in damning video footage obtained by TMZ
Justin is said to be devastated by the emergence of the video footage, which was recorded when he was a raw 14-year-old talent.
A source close to the singer told MailOnline, ‘Justin’s been in tears. But he knows he needs to take responsibility for his actions, he’s confronting his past and he’s hanging out with his real friends and his parents.’
The hit-maker was caught on-camera in a video released by TMZ, changing the words of his song One Less Lonely Girl to sing ‘one less lonely n*****’ – and joking about joining white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan.
He has since apologised, telling The Sun: ‘Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with.
‘But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger. At the end of the day, I just need to step up and own what I did.’
Rubbing shoulders: 50 Cent got to know Bieber at the Mayweather Jr-Cotto super welterweight bout in Las Vegas two years ago.