Justin Bieber has leapt to the defense of his manager Scooter Braun in response to Taylor Swift's Tumblr post denouncing his purchase of all her old music masters.
The Canadian singer first apologized to Swift for a 2016 Instagram in which he's seen with Braun and Kanye West, a post she accused him Sunday of sharing as a way to bully her.
But Bieber then went on to question why she would use social media to attack Braun for his $300 million purchase of Big Machine Label group, saying she knew it would prompt her fans 'to hate on' the music manager.
'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?' he wrote. 'seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully scooter.'
Justin Bieber has leapt to the defense of his manager Scooter Braun in response to Taylor Swift's Tumblr post denouncing his purchase of all her old music masters
'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?' Bieber wrote. He's pictured with Braun in 2017
The Sorry hitmaker wrote his response in the caption next to a throwback photo of himself and Swift together, showing both of them looking a lot younger.
'Hey Taylor. 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 began.
'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.. Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you.!'
Bieber's post from August 2016 was an image showing him Facetiming Braun and Kanye with the caption 'Taylor swift what up'.
Swift had earlier shared this screenshot of Bieber's August 2016 Instagram post in which he's he's Facetiming Braun and Kanye West as proof of Braun's bullying tactics
Bieber went on: '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.'
He concluded: 'I usually don’t rebuttal things like this but when you try and deface someone i loves character thats crossing a line..'
With the record label purchase, Braun acquires the six albums Swift has released to date, as well as music by Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum, according to Bloomberg.
Bieber, pictured this weekend with wife Hailey Baldwin, told Swift: 'Neither scooter or i have anything negative to say about you we truly want the best for you'
Swift claimed she had learned of the sale of Big Machine Label Group from the news and described Braun's acquisition of all her back catalog as 'my worst case scenario'
She accused Scott Borchetta, with whose label she signed when she was 15, of knowing full well how she would react to the deal, writing: 'Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words "Scooter Braun" escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to'
Swift claimed in her Tumblr post that she had learned of the sale of Big Machine Label Group from the news.
Swift's rep later refuted a suggestion, published by People and TMZ, that Borchetta had notified Swift of the deal and that her father Swift, a shareholder of Big Machine Label group, had known about the transaction 'for at least a