On a short list of entertainers who could be offended by Prince being referred to as “the last of the greatest living performers,” Justin Bieber is probably not many people’s first guess. But it turns out the 22-year-old pop crooner did indeed take issue with this proclamation of fact. In a tribute post to the music icon – who suddenly and tragically passed away on Thursday (Apr. 21) – rock musician Andrew Watts paid his respects to the fallen star. Sharing a photo of himself in a Prince t-shirt, Watts penned a heartfelt Instagram caption.
“Today waking up to this news I am truly beside myself...devastated...the last of the greatest living performers...my guitar idol...his connection to ALL his instruments yielded a sexual transcending aura and the world is just less fucking cool without him walking on it…,” he wrote.
Bieber raised eyebrows when the masses caught wind of his reply to Watts’ post, in which he wrote: “Well not the last greatest living performer.” As users caught wind of Bieber’s commentary, the singer was slammed for being “insensitive” in light of Prince’s passing. The young pop star – who recently embarked on his third tour ever – deleted the comment after the influx of backlash.
In the case of Justin Bieber vs. Prince, there really is no need for lengthy arguments. Peep the Instagram comment that landed him in hot water below:
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