Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Justin Bieber (L) and director Jon M. Chu arrive for the world premiere of Justin Bieber's Believe at the Regal Cinemas in Los Angeles Dec. 18, 2013. 

Justin Bieber told a joke; a bad joke that included him saying the n-word several times. It was taped and recorded and released to the public. Now "The Biebs" has apologized.

According to TMZ the recording is from 2009 when Bieber was only 15. Bieber told the gossip site in a statement, "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 jokes, but didn't realize at the time that it wasn't funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance."


Bieber continues, "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," the statement read. 

"I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not 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 what's right."

Bieber ended his apology manifesto with: "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."

Also check out: Justin Bieber Tells N-Word Joke on Video

Read more at TMZ.

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