- Publish Date
- Monday, 1 July 2019, 3:23PM
Justin Bieber has waded into the furore between his longtime manager Scooter Braun and Taylor Swift, who blasted Braun for his "manipulative bullying".
She wrote a statement on Tumblr about Braun in response to his company's recent acquisition of Big Machine Records, which holds the rights to all six of Swift's multi-platinum albums.
It came accompanied with a photo of Justin Bieber video chatting with Scooter Braun among others, making fun of Swift during the time she was feuding with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
Bieber took to Instagram to apologise for posting the "hurtful" photo saying, "at the time I thought it was funny, but looking back it was distasteful and insensitive."
However he then went on to accuse Swift of playing up the situation for sympathy saying: "Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you!"
He continued: "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. You also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully Scooter.
Bieber was right about one thing; Swift's fans are rallying online with the hashtag "We Stand With Taylor" trending on Twitter.
-Additional reporting from NZH