"To anyone I may have offended I'm so sorry," Bieber posted Sunday

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Less than a week after posting a shot of his bare bum on Instagram, Justin Bieber has removed the cheeky pic – and is apologizing.

“Hey I deleted the photo of my butt on Instagram not because I thought it was bad but someone close to me’s daughter follows me and she was embarrassed that she saw my butt,” the "Where Are Ü Now" captioned a fully clothed photo over the weekend. “I totally wasn’t thinking in that aspect. And I felt awful that she felt bad.”

He adds, “To anyone I may have offended I’m so sorry. It was completely pure hearted as a joke but didn’t take in account there are littles following me!!! Love u guys.”

After Bieber posted the original photo on July 6, his backside was the butt of the Internet’s jokes, inspiring memes from fans and from Miley Cyrus, who shared a Photoshopped shot with an enlarged booty.

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