“Happy birthday @chrisbrownofficial! Since I was young your music has inspired me! My first video to ever get a million views on YouTube was me singing your song ‘With You!’ You will always hold a special place in my heart! So grateful to be your friend and brother!” the 26-year-old wrote alongside a series of throwback images.
Upon seeing the post, some people took to the comments section and slammed the “What Do You Mean?” crooner. Some even accused him of seemingly supporting the rapper’s past history with domestic violence.
“So [you] support men beating women?” one person wrote. Another added, “Justin, I love [you], but no.”
“OK, he inspired you, but he [isn’t] a good person,” someone else said, while a fourth person commented, “I’m so disappointed. I can’t understand how men still support other men who physically hurt a woman.”
Neither Justin nor Chris has responded to the backlash from the post, but the “Run It!” singer did comment, “I LOVE YOU TO DEATH LIL BROTHER,” on the social media post.
As fans know, this isn’t the first artist who received major social media backlash after posting something about Chris. Back January 2020, 30-year-old Korean-American pop star Ailee attended the 2020 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California and snapped a few pictures with some of her favorite celebrities. Some of her 1.4 million Instagram followers were quick to comment and criticize the “I Will Show You” singer for posting a selfie alongside Chris.
After she saw the comments, Aliee edited her caption and said that she had no “knowledge of what he did” in the past.
“When I said, ‘He WAS one of the artists I enjoyed listening to growing up and that’s a fact that will never change.’ I meant the fact that I enjoyed his music when I was younger will never change,” she explained, referring to her since-deleted, original caption.
She continued, “I TOOK THIS PHOTO WITHOUT ANY [KNOWLEDGE] OF WHAT HE DID! The only thing on my mind was literally, ‘Oh wow! CB! I used to love his songs!’ I DO NOT and WILL NOT support women, men, pet, animal or any other kinds of abusers and the ONLY reason I’m keeping this post up is to CLARIFY the reason I took this pic in the first place. I DO NOT THINK LIGHTLY OF ANY ABUSES. Now stop giving me so much s**t for something I didn’t even know happened and leave me alone.”
While Chris didn’t acknowledge the backlash from the photo, he did comment, “CORNBALL.”
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