Pop singer Justin Bieber is not going to rely on the silent treatment to make his problems go away and has decided to come forward to address footage of him using the N-Word leaking. #BieberSpeaks

In a public statement, J. Biebs blamed ignorance and his youth for making the now-infamous racist comments.

“As a kid, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokse, but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance. Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologize again to all those I have offended. I’m very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake.” (Justin Bieber’s Twitter)

Bieber also promised he has since matured since then and stressed his remorse.

“I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and not to make that mistake again. Ignorance has no place in our society and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say but telling the truth is always right. Five years ago I made a reckless and immature mistake and I’m grateful to those close to me who helped me learn those lessons as a young man. Once again…I’m sorry.” (Justin Bieber’s Twitter)

Buzz behind the controversial footage hit the Internet Sunday (June 1).

Troubled pop singer Justin Bieber is now facing new problems after a video has emerged of him telling a racist joke that included him dropping the N-word five times. The Sun newspaper in England released the disturbing video of the racist joke that features a smirking Bieber asking: “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?” He then delivered the insensitive punch line: “Run n—–, n—–, n—–, n—–, n—–.” (NY Daily News)

Reports claim the video stemmed from the filming of Bieber’s 2011 documentary Never Say Never.

Representatives for Bieber, who looks much younger in the video, tried to buy the video for a large amount of money to keep it from being released, The Sun reported. “This video is Justin Bieber and his camp’s worst nightmare. Even after the year he’s had, when he’s never been far from controversy, this tops the lot,” a source told the newspaper. (NY Daily News)

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