Justin Bieber and Usher (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Usher is standing by Justin Bieber‘s side.

The former Voice coach has been rushing to his mentee’s defense ever since two videos from years ago were released showing the Biebs making racist remarks.

Usher posted an Instagram pic this morning showing him posing with the young pop star and vented his feelings about growing up in the spotlight.

“At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgment that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort,” he wrote.

“As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn’t always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist.”

Usher continued, “What he was 5 years ago was a naive child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs. What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes.”

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