A video taken five years ago of then-14-year-old Justin Bieber changing the lyrics to his own song, “One Less Lonely Girl” – but replacing “girl” with the N-word – has surfaced online. In the clip, posted by TMZ, the pop star repeatedly sings, “One less lonely n—-r,” and, “If I kill you, I’ll be part of the KKK, but there’ll be one less lonely n—-r.” Throughout the 30-second video, another prepubescent voice giggles in the background.
Bieber’s team reportedly told the gossip site that they want the video online so he can own up to it. TMZ reports that Bieber had seen video of a comedian parodying the song in the same way the pop star sings it in the video and liked it so much he wanted to film it.
He allegedly told his friends Usher and Will Smith about the video years ago, saying he knew immediately that it was a stupid move on his part. Usher supposedly showed the teenager “historically racist videos” at the time, according to TMZ, to demonstrate just how wrong Bieber was to make the video.
Bieber has reportedly been the target of extortion attempts recently with the threat of revealing both this video and one of him at age 15, which recently went online, in which he also used the N-word. He has released the video to circumvent the extortion demands. TMZ reported that the video came watermarked with the word “proof” over it.
After the video of him telling a racist joke as a 15-year-old leaked – the video for which is available on TMZ – he issued an apology. “As a kid, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt,” he said. “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.”