Pop star Justin Bieber didn’t earning himself any positive headlines yesterday, just hours after the tragic passing of Prince. The issue stemmed from a reported comment that the Biebs posted on Instagram, which had fans crying foul, criticizing the pop star for insensitivity.
In an Instagram post shortly after Prince‘s death, musician Andrew Watt shared a compelling story about the shirt he has been wearing and performing in this week:
This past Tuesday night before my show I was picking out an outfit…I was so tired from the past week of endless traveling and gigging that I grabbed my Prince shirt and said fuck it I’m gonna channel the purple one tonight…I didn’t shower after the gig out of pure exhaustion…I went to sleep in that shirt and then I wore it again all day yesterday…today waking up to this news I am truly beside myself…devastated…the last of the greatest living performers…my guitar idol…his connection to ALL his instruments yielded a sexual transcending aura and the world is just less fucking cool without him walking on it… “Electric word life It means forever and that’s a mighty long time But I’m here to tell you There’s something else… The after world” #RIPPRINCE
Several media outlets — E!, Yahoo, Worldstar, hell, even a slam piece from Salon — reported that Bieber then got in on the hot action, deciding to inject himself straight into the middle of the conversation as any 22-year-old who has had a gazillion dollars since childhood would. Bieber allegedly posted this insensitive comment in response to Watt:
Justin Bieber got a little offended over an Instagram post calling Prince the last great living performer.. pic.twitter.com/RFOuBY68N4
— WORLDSTARHIPHOP (@WORLDSTAR) April 21, 2016
“Well not the last greatest living performer,” the message reads. But GossipCop is now reporting that the whole thing is a “fabrication,” despite outrage from fans, who more or less responded to Bieber’s gaffe in this way:
Prince: 7 Grammys, 1 golden globe, 1 Academy Award. Hall Of Famer.
Justin Bieber: 1 Grammy
I’ll just leave this here.
— The Armenian Unicorn (@PierreBalian) April 21, 2016
But, as GossipCop’s Michael Lewittes reports today:
The specious allegation that Bieber wrote the remark set off a firestorm on Wyatt’s Instagram page, but Gossip Cop scoured everywhere and nowhere can it legitimately be found that The Biebs actually made that comment. Additionally, Bieber’s rep exclusively confirms to Gossip Cop that the so-called screenshot of the comment (below) is “fabricated.”
Bieber has yet to report on the incident himself. Rest assured, for those of you gripping on to the edge of your seats eager for updates on this story, we’ll update this space as more information becomes available.
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