A US news presenter was left unimpressed by the surprise collaboration
The Candian pop star, who is currently taking a hiatus from music, made a one-off appearance during Grande’s headline set at Coachella on Sunday night (April 21). The pair sang Bieber’s 2015 hit, ‘Sorry’, to the surprised crowd.
Responding to the unexpected performance, E! host Morgan Stewart reacted with laughter after watching footage during her news segment. “I did not realise it was gonna be that bad,” she said.
A guest on the show then made reference to Bieber’s lip-synching, adding that he has “been going through it” recently. “So I’m gonna give him a little bit of a pass, right?”
Stewart replied: “I don’t care – that is fucked up!”
Now, Bieber has responded to the on-air takedown via his official Twitter – with Grande also defending the appearance.
Bieber tweeted: “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. What hurts about this is the fact that you have a platform to make a difference and rather than being positive you belittle people.
“Think about how awesome it felt for me to be on that stage after being away for so long the excitement and joy it gave me doing the thing I love the most”
The star went on to say that he “sang to backtrack like most cameos do” as it “is a normal thing” during pop shows. “Rather than try and make people feel accepted and loved, you find things to pick apart like the world isn’t full of that already,” he added.
“We can find something negative to say about anything or anyone. When are we gonna be the kind of people that find joy in adding value to one another and not tearing each other apart,” Bieber’s post concluded.
Ariana Grande later responded by explaining that they had “decided to do [the performance] ten minutes before my set started”, with no time available for a soundcheck or rehearsal. “u were singing with the back tracking like most cameos do,” she said.
“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,” Grande posted.
Morgan Stewart has not yet responded.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Ariana Grande was hit by a lemon thrown by a crowd member during the same Coachella performance.
Footage posted on Twitter showed the fruit hitting Grande in the chest as she walked across the stage with her backing dancers.