Not one, but TWO videos of Justin Bieber using the N-word leaked this week, and his mentor Usher is not too happy about it. In his cover story for the latest issue of Nylon Guys, the R&B star opened up about the 20-year-old’s shaky year — which also included arrests for assault and DUI, and accusations of vandalism and attempted robbery.
“It’s unfortunate,” Usher said of The Biebs’ laundry list of SMH moments. “I hate some of the things I hear. Is it all true? I don’t know. But I will tell you this: Success comes with a price. Every person that has grown up, grows up with something. It ain’t just perfect from the beginning.”
“The Voice” coach, who also started off as a child star, went on to say that he know’s what it’s like to grow up in the spotlight. “I gave every bit of advice and always told him it was up to him if he really wanted this. Now that he has it, as an adult, it’s his to manage,” he told the magazine. “Do I turn my head in shame based off of what I see, what I know? Nah, I don’t because it’s all part of life’s process. Am I in it with him? Yeah.”
“Artistic development made me who I am,” he added. “Somebody took the time to help me find what it is that works for me as an entertainer and who I am as a music maker.”
Bieber apologized for his second racist offense in a statement to E! News.”Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with,” he said in a statement released to E! News. “But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger.”
He also tried to “take us to church” and shared this Instagram post below.
In lighter news, check out these sexy pictures of Mr. Raymond from his Nylon spread!
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Usher's 'Confessions' Turns 10! #TeamBeautiful's Favorite Songs
1. Usher "Confessions"
We can't believe it's been 10 years since Usher's classic album "Confessions" infiltrated our ear buds and found a resting place in our hearts. "Confessions" was an instant success, selling 1.1 million copies in its first wee and is regarded as Usher and Jermaine Dupri's greatest work. #TeamBeautiful reminisced over the lover's collection and chose our favorite cuts off the album. Scroll through and press play...
2. "Can U Handle It" -Shamika Sanders, Entertainment Editor
"Can U Handle It" reminds me of my high school years. My first love and I were dating at the time and would skip school in the morning and have sexual romps that lasted well into afternoon. We were young and in love, lust. The album was the soundtrack to our relationship--the fun ("Yeah") the pain ("Burn) and the love-making (Can U Handle It). It's a very special disc to me and forever a classic!
3. "Do It To Me" -Ty Alexander, Style & Beauty Editor
Before twerking was called twerking, I was slow twerking to this song in the mirror practicing for my bedroom debut. It's also the perfect "get ready" music for date night. I've gotten lucky a few times thanks to Usher.
4. "Throwback" -Danielle Young, Lifestyle Editor
I love it when an R&B artist adds an element of hip-hop into their songs. It creates a grittier sound that gives the song layers. "Throwback" also samples a classic--Dionne Warwick's "You're Gonna Need Me," which adds a nostalgic vibe. And let's not forget the subject matter--any man who can admit that he made a mistake and agonizes how he wished it could be the way it used to be, gets me every time.
5. "That's What It's Made For" -Leigh Davenport, Editorial Director
It reminds me of cruising with my girls in college on a spring break roadtrip. The beat is so light and the words are so freaky. It's the perfect, happy freek-a-leek song."
6. "Burn" -Jade Earler, Editorial Assistant
"Burn" is definitely one of the best get-over-your-boo songs in life. The hook is easy to sing along to when you're at home in your pajamas talking about all the stress he caused you. I liked the song when I first heard it, but I fell in love with it once I saw Usher shirtless in that video.
7. "Bad Girl" -Nakisha Williams, Senior Editor
Play this song when you're out and about and I dare you not to strut!