Justin Bieber Did Not Make the Prince Comment on Instagram, Says Rep

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The singer's camp tells Billboard the comment is "fake."

Justin Bieber received backlash from Prince fans following an alleged comment about the late legend he made on Instagram that many deemed disrespectful.

On Thursday, rock artist Andrew Watt posted a tribute to Prince on Instagram, writing that the Purple One was "the last of the greatest living performers." A user alleging to be Bieber replied, “Well not the last greatest living performer.”

A flurry of angry Prince fans immediately slammed the singer for the insensitive comment. But Bieber’s camp tells Billboard the comment is “fake” and was not made by the singer.

Bieber hadn’t commented officially on Prince’s death on any of his social media channels as of press time.


This past Tuesday night before my show I was picking out an outfit...I was so tired from the past week of endless traveling and gigging that I grabbed my Prince shirt and said fuck it I'm gonna channel the purple one tonight...I didn't shower after the gig out of pure exhaustion...I went to sleep in that shirt and then I wore it again all day yesterday...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... "Electric word life It means forever and that's a mighty long time But I'm here to tell you There's something else... The after world" #RIPPRINCE

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This article first appeared on Billboard.com.