In the wake of a second racist video hitting the Web this week, Justin Bieber took to Instagram last night and quoted the bible.
He confessed his sins and asked for forgiveness.
The singer did not, however, directly reference the footage of him repeatedly using the N-word and joking about joining the KKK.
But Justin has now gone ahead and done just this in a statement to E! News.
"Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I've ever dealt with," the artist says. "But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger."
Acknowledging that he's a role model and that certain words definitely matter, Bieber added:
"I just hope that the next 14-year-old kid who doesn't understand the power of these words does not make the same mistakes I made years ago. At the end of the day I just need to step up and own what I did."
No one can defend the slur Bieber uttered in these instances, but most are praising the star for coming so clean so quickly in reference to them.
Many famous friends of Bieber's, all of whom are African-American, have come out and shown support for the singer. He's handled his latest mess very well.
What do you think? Should we forgive Bieber?
And how does his apology compare to other recent celebrity mea culpas?