Justin Bieber might have been a right idiot in the past (or before he hired a really good PR team), but the Canadian pop icon has stated that he will never apologize for what he's done.
In an interview with Women's Wear Daily, Bieber explained how he has grown up in the spotlight and will never be pressured into apologizing for stuff like pissing in a mop bucket or being a massive racist. Bieber explained that:
People wanted me to apologize, which I don’t know if it’s really fair. I’ll definitely take responsibility… as I’m growing but I’ll never apologize for being human and making mistakes
The 21-year-old star then went onto explain how all of us go through similar douchey periods in our lives and it is only because he is in the public eye that he stands out, he said:
I think that that’s just part of growing and living and becoming a man or a woman. It’s been a cool learning process. I’m really happy where I am right now, that’s for sure…. Take a second to, like, step back and evaluate the situation and think, ‘Okay, that might not be true,’ or just give me the benefit of the doubt. That’s all I ask
While a lot of Bieber's antics have left a caustic taste in my mouth, I am inclined to agree with him on this. When I was a young teen, I said plenty of misogynistic (yep, girls can do that, too) offensive things and threw up a cider fueled torrent onto a priest from a second story window. If I was in any way famous, this sort of stuff would make me a pariah.
This effort is probably straight from the mouths of Justin's PR team, but the sentiment remains true. If we cannot forgive people for their past indiscretions, what encouragement is there to improve as a person at all?