He gets his apologies down in Tennessee.
Justin Bieber posted a mea culpa to his Instagram Stories Wednesday for his recent endorsement of country star Morgan Wallen’s music, six months after a video was leaked of Wallen drunkenly using the N-word with friends.
In a now-deleted post, the Biebs, 27, had shared a screenshot of Wallen’s “Sand In My Boots” from “Dangerous: The Double Album,” writing “Love this album,” alongside it.
Not long after, Bieber deleted the post and penned an apology on his Instagram Stories.
Justin Bieber apologized for endorsing Morgan Wallen’s music after finding out the country music star had been previously canceled over his use of a racial slur.(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Universal Music)
“I had no idea that the guy’s music i posted was recently found saying racist comments,” the “Peaches” singer wrote. “As you know i dont support or tolerate any sort of racism or discrimination. I had no idea, I sincerely apologize to anyone i offended.”
Bieber nodded to his own past with the slur by adding, “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 enough to have had them educate me on the horrifying origin of the n-word. This brings those painful memories back up, I will always take ownership for my ignorance and my past because I know I am not that person.”
The “Hold On” singer revealed in March that he doesn’t own a cellphone, opting instead to use an iPad, so it’s at least somewhat plausible that he missed the controversy surrounding the country star. Wallen was on “Good Morning America” in July talking about the incident, but admittedly the Biebs is not the target audience for that show.
Wallen faced enormous backlash on social media in February after TMZ published a video of him telling a friend to “take care of this p—y-ass n—a” when they returned home from a night out in Nashville.
He immediately issued an apology, saying he was “embarrassed and sorry,” but months later, he revealed it wasn’t the first time he’s used the word.
Wallen’s record label, Big Loud, suspended him in February but has since reinstated him. Either way, the controversy hasn’t dented his album sales: Wallen’s “Dangerous” album has been No. 1 on the Billboard country album chart for 26 weeks.
Wallen’s publicist did not respond to a request for comment.