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Thursday 28 August 2014

Back up for Bieber

Eimear Phelan

Published 08/06/2014 | 11:04

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Justin Bieber slammed for Anne Frank tribute. Photo: Reuters

BIEBER has been getting himself in some very hot water recently with leaked video of the star using the N-word. Now his long time mentor, Usher, has stepped in and is defending the 20-year-old.

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The video, which surfaced recently, shows a 13-year-old Bieber talking to the camera telling racist jokes including the use of the N-word.

Since the release the Canadian star has apologised saying he has grown since then and Usher backed up his former protégé saying Bieber was a “naïve child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs”.

The star was very definite in his defence of Bieber saying the young star has had to “navigate difficult waters as a young man”. Usher also said that he was disappointed by Bieber’s behaviour and admits that he has always chosen the best path but is “unequivocally not a racist”.

Both Bieber and Usher have emphasised how much the young pop star has grown in the five years since the video was made and have commented the Bieber is now “a  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".

The singer also posted an old picture of him and Justin with his arm around the young pop singer on Instagram on Saturday.

This video is the latest in a long string of controversy surrounding the star including his Sizzurp addiction (a cough syrup and soft drink mix), his monkey being impounded during his world tour and the many incidents of suspected drug possession. Beiber was also arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in January after “drag racing” through the streets in Miami Beach.

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