Justin Bieber hit back when an E! host insulted his Coachella performance — and Ariana Grande jumped to his defence

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AGJustin Bieber and Ariana Grande, who share the same manager, have been friends for years.
  • At Coachella on Sunday,Justin Bieber surprised fans with his first performance in two years, making a cameo performance during Ariana Grande’s headlining set.
  • Hosts of the E! show “Nightly Pop” insulted his performance – especially Morgan Stewart, who made a jab about Bieber’s acne and said his alleged lip-syncing was “f—ed up.”
  • “Imagine if you spent even half the time you spend laughing at other peoples expense actually building people up and encouraging people how much positivity you could bring,” Bieber hit back on Twitter.
  • Bieber also denied that he was lip-syncing and explained that he sang over a backing track: “like most cameos do this is a normal thing.”
  • Ariana Grande defended Bieber on Twitter: “people don’t know how it feels to be under such scrutiny. the world was happy to have u on stage again.”

Justin Bieber is defending himself against critics of his surprise cameo during Ariana Grande’s Coachella set on Sunday – especially Morgan Stewart, a co-host of the E! show “Nightly Pop,” who called his performance “f—ed up.”

On Monday’s episode, Stewart mockingly said that Bieber “sounded better than he ever has” during his first performance in two years, accusing him of lip-syncing. She later made a jab about Bieber’s acne.

“@Morgan_Stewart just saw a video of you ripping me to shreds saying I was lip-syncing,” Bieber replied in a since-deleted tweet on Wednesday. “They played the song and i just sang overtop of it.. regardless why spend your time tearing people down. It’s People like you that are bullies at school that are making kids suicidal.”

Bieber clarified that he didn’t lip-sync, but rather sang over a backing track, which he said is “normal” for cameo performances.

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“When are we gonna be the kind of people that find joy in adding value to one another and not tearing each other apart,” he concluded.

Stewart hasn’t yet responded to Bieber’s tweets, but Ariana Grande did jump to his defence

“people look so ugly when they talk about other people like this, it’s crazy,” she wrote in response to a clip of Stewart’s comments. “like no matter how pretty you are or how long u spent getting ready, u ugly to me now. HOW do people watch s— like this lmao.”

Grande addressed the controversy in a string of now-deleted tweets, telling fans that she will always speak up “when people try to ruin beautiful moments for my friends.”

“people are so lost,” she wrote. “one day everybody that works at all them blogs will realise how unfulfilled they are and purposeless what they’re doing is and hopefully shift their focus elsewhere. that’s gonna be a beautiful arse day for them! i can’t wait for them to feel lit inside.”

Grande also clarified that she and Bieber “decided to do this ten minutes before my set started.”

“we had 0 soundcheck, 0 rehearsal,” she wrote, addressing Bieber. “u were singing with the back tracking like most cameos do. people are bored. people don’t know how it feels to be under such scrutiny. the world was happy to have u on stage again.”

She also praised Bieber in a now-deleted tweet that his wife, Hailey Bieber (née Baldwin), retweeted with a heart.

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“your fans, friends&the world is thrilled to have you back,” Grande wrote. “everyone was so happy to see u smile like that. no one will ever understand how it feels to be u, but it’s not their job to. take care. make music. u are loved.”

Grande and Bieber – who share the same manager, Scooter Braun – have been friends for years. And presumably, the former Nickelodeon star can sympathize with the difficulties of rising to fame at a young age.

“nothing is more unnatural or weirder for the human brain than being famous,” Grande wrote.

Watch the clip of “Nightly Pop” with Stewart’s comments below.


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