Embattled pop star Justin Bieber has apologised for using the "N- word" in a video of him when he was a teenager which has surfaced online.
The Sun newspaper published the footage, which was shot five years ago, yesterday, and claimed that the Canadian singer, now 20, tried to buy the video for a "huge sum of money" so that it would never reach the public.
In a statement to the Associated Press on Sunday (June 1), Beiber said: "I'm very sorry. I take all my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologise for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable behaviour."
"I thought it was OK to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but I didn't realise at the time that it wasn't funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance.
"Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologised for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologise again to all of those who I have offended."
He added: "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."
He ends the statement by saying "Once again . . . I'm sorry."