Justin Bieber apologises for sharing Morgan Wallen’s music: ‘I don’t support or tolerate any kind of racism or discrimination’

‘I had no idea, I sincerely apologise to anyone I offended’ artist wrote

Peony Hirwani
Thursday 05 August 2021 07:10

Justin Bieber opens up about feeling suicidal

Justin Bieber has apologised for sharing Morgan Wallen’s latest album, saying that he “had no idea” that the musician was filmed using a racial slur earlier this year.

In February, Wallen was seen coming home from a night out with friends when he yelled the N-word at a friend twice.

The video, reportedly filmed by neighbours annoyed at the late-night disturbance and then shared byTMZ, sparked outrage online.

On Wednesday (4 August), Bieber posted a screenshot of one of Wallen’s new songs on his Instagram story with the caption: “Love this album.”

The “Peaches” singer then deleted the post, sharing a message explaining that he was unaware of Wallen’s comments.

“I had no idea that the guy’s music I posted was recently found saying racist comments,” he wrote. “As you know I don’t support or tolerate any sort of racism or discrimination. I had no idea, I sincerely apologise to anyone I offended.”

Justin Bieber’s message apologising for his shoutout of Morgan Wallen

In another post, the Canadian singer reflected on his own “hurtful” racist comments he made in the past.

In 2014, videos of the singer using the racial slur as part of the punchline of a joke when he was 15 were published by TMZ and The Sun.

In a second video obtained by TMZ, also from when Bieber was in his early teens, he could be heard singing the racial slur as part of his song One Less Lonely Girl.

Enjoy unlimited access to 70 million ad-free songs and podcasts with Amazon Music Sign up now for a 30-day free trial

Sign up

In the post, Bieber wrote: “When I was a kid, I was incredibly ignorant and said some very hurtful racist jokes that clearly were not funny.”

“I hurt a lot of people especially the black people in my life but was fortunate to have had them educate me on the horrifying origins of the N-word. This [situation] brings those painful memories back up, I always take ownership for my ignorance and my past because I know I am not that person,” he said.

Justin Bieber’s message apologising for using racial slur in the past

“I know I have apologised for this before but knowing that this is such a sensitive issue, I believe it's important to bring this up to hopefully educate people who may be ignorant to the topic of racism and hot hurtful it is.”

In a third post, the “Ghost” singer said that he is still learning.

“I have so much more to learn and I’m grateful for my black brothers and sisters for being patient with me as I have a long way to go,” he wrote.

The Independent has contacted Bieber and Wallen for comment.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in