Sharon Osbourne has never been shy about expressing her opinions, but she’s also big enough to admit when she’s wrong — even if it may take a few years.
So was the case on Friday’s edition of “The View”, when she addressed some comments she made about Justin Bieber a few years back.
“I feel really bad for him. There’s this little kid with a huge dream, he’s cute, girls love him, and he wants to be a mean boy, and he’s about as mean as a f**kin’ kitten, and he’s trying to act out,” she told The Daily Beast back in 2013. “It’s like p*ssing in a bucket. It’s like, ‘Oh, we’re the bad boys!” F**k off!’”
Added Osbourne: “You don’t know what bad is. And I think that he’s lost, I really do. I think he doesn’t realize he’s white and not black, that’s a huge problem.”
During a discussion of Bieber’s recent cancellation of his Purpose world tour and Bieber’s heartfelt explanation to his fans, Osbourne admitted she was wrong about the Canadian music phenom.
“I learned a huge mistake from Justin Bieber,” Osbourne admitted. “A few years ago when he first started to act up, I thought it was because he was a precocious kid who had huge success, wasn’t ready for it, and obviously wasn’t listening to his advisers. And I was wrong.”
She added: “I should never have attacked anyone at that age, verbally, and made the comments that I made. So I made a huge mistake not knowing the circumstances that were going on in his life.”
“I think it’s really the mark of a mature, fully-formed person to say, ‘Hey, I see that that was a mistake, and I take responsibility for it.’ You always own your stuff. It’s something I admire about you so much,” Aisha Tyler chimed in during her final day on the daytime talk show.
“A lot of people will lie, and they’ll cover, and they’ll backtrack and they’ll blame other people, and it’s nice that he’s not doing that either. I think owning your mistakes is a sign of maturity, and it’s both a sign of growth, and it helps you grow.”
“The Talk” airs weekdays at 2 p.m. ET/PT on Global.