Over the weekend Usher finally broke his silence on his protégé. After video surfaced of Justin Bieber using the n-word and singing about joining the KKK, Usher took to social media to defend the pop star, telling fans Bieber is “unequivocally not a racist.”

In a lengthy Instagram post of a throwback picture of the pair, Usher explained:

“At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgment, 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.”

Despite the video evidence of the young singer joking about killing Black people, Usher blamed the incident on youthful ignorance.

“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,” Usher wrote. “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.”

After the 5-year-old clip hit the web, Bieber apologized to his fans.

“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,” he said in a statement. “Once again … I’m sorry.”

Apparently, this latest negative incident has caused the Beebs to reevaluate his life. According to reports the pop star recently recommitted himself to God and has been studying with New York minister Pastor Carl Lentz. Bieber even got baptized in a hotel bathtub to seal the deal.

After a string of arrests and bad behavior, maybe God can help Bieber clean up his act.

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