Justin Bieber wrote a lengthy message to Taylor Swift in which he apologized for an Instagram post from three years ago … and then proceeded to accuse her of “crossing a line” by siccing her rabid fanbase on Scooter Braun.
Bieber was responding to Swift’s Tumblr post today in which she ranted against Scooter Bruan after he acquired the record label that controls her first six albums. As part of her post, she referenced an infamous social media post from 2016 posted by Bieber.
The Biebs responded Sunday afternoon, writing, “First of all i would like to apologize for posting that hurtful instagram post, at the time i thought it was funny but looking back it was distasteful and insensitive.”
Bieber then defended his manager, writing, “I have to be honest though it was my caption and post that I screenshoted of scooter and Kanye that said ‘taylor swift what up’ he didnt have anything to do with it and it wasnt even a part of the conversation in all actuality he was the person who told me not to joke like that.”
He then added that Scooter “has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you.”
But then his post took a turn and he took a shot at Swift for her decision to write the blog at all, saying, “As the years have passed we haven’t crossed paths and gotten to communicate our differences, hurts or frustrations. So for you to take it to social media and get people to hate on scooter isn’t fair. What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog? seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully scooter.”
He said that “both scooter and i love you” and said he believed that “banter back and fourth online i dont believe solves anything.”
Bieber concluded his post by saying, “I’m sure Scooter and i would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or or any feelings that need to be addressed. Neither scooter or i have anything negative to say about you we truly want the best for you. I usually don’t rebuttal things like this but when you try and deface someone i loves character thats crossing a line.”
In Swift’s lengthy Tumblr post about Braun’s acquisition of Big Machine Label Group (which owns her first six albums), she described the move as her “worst case scenario.”
Swift went on to explain, “When I left my masters in Scott’s hands, I made peace with the fact that eventually he would sell them. Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter. Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words ‘Scooter Braun’ escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to. He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever.”
Halsey was the first big name to offer up support for Swift with a lengthy statement taking her side in things.
“Taylor Swift is a huge reason why I always insisted to write my own music,” she wrote. “I believed if she did it (in a way that made my teeth ache like cold water and my heart swell and my eyes leak) than [sic] I should too … She deserves to own the painstaking labor of her heart.”
Halsey added that it “turns my guts that no matter how much power or success a woman has in this life, you are still susceptible to someone coming along and making you feel powerless out of spite.”
— h (@halsey) June 30, 2019