Justin Bieber has apologized for a racist joke he told when he was 15.

I'm glad I don't have to apologize for the things I said when I was 15, or I'd have no time for anything else.

In a video obtained by TMZ and U.K. publication the Sun, the singer says "Why are black people afraid of chain saws?" He then follows up with the punchline "Run (racial slur), (racial slur), (racial slur), (racial slur), (racial slur)," along with some chain-saw noises.

That's not funny. But, to be fair, no one is funny when they're 15 years old.

Well ... I was a little funny.

The Sun reports the video was shot backstage at a promotional event while Bieber filmed his "Never Say Never" documentary in 2011.

Following the recent release of the video by the British site and TMZ (which claims to have had the video for years, but didn't do anything with it until the British guys did), Bieber released a statement, saying, "As a kid, I didn't understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt."

I'm glad he's obviously matured so drastically.

"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," the statement continued. "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."


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Thanks Justin. Now when are you going to apologize for the music?

"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," Bieber continued. "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. 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."

Come on, you guys. He's a man now.

News of the video comes not long after Bieber's latest drama, in which he's being investigated for attempted robbery, after he supposedly attempted swiping a woman's cell phone after she took pictures of him.

Following the incident, Bieber tweeted, "It is hard to defend myself and my privacy every moment of the day. Then to see rumors. The truth will set u free," along with a screengrab of a TMZ report stating that an employee at the arcade insisted that Bieber never tried to rob anybody.

Right. He's a man now ... and stuff.

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