.Justin Bieber arrives at the premiere of Open Road Films' 'Justin Bieber's Believe' at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on December 18, 2013, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Over the weekend, an old video surfaced of a younger Justin Bieber telling a group of friends a racist joke where he used the N word.

In the video posted by TMZ, Bieber asks his friends, “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?” Bieber responds “Run N*gger, N*gger, N*gger!”

The pop star took to Twitter and released a statement, wanting his fans to understand he didn’t know the power of his words back then and wants to move forward.

“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,” the statement reads in part. “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.”

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