On Tuesday, the 25-year-old singer called out E! News host Morgan Stewart over her criticism of his recent Coachella appearance. Bieber surprised fans over the weekend when he performed "Sorry" during Ariana Grande's headlining set. Footage from the night confirmed Bieber was singing to a backtrack—a detail Stewart wasn't too thrilled about.
"Poor song started before him," Stewart said about the performance clip, before criticizing Bieber's looks. "I did not realize it was gonna be that bad [...] He definitely looks like he put an OXY pad on that forehead, but I don’t care. That is fucked up!"
Days after Stewart made the comments on Nightly Pop, the Biebs took to Twitter to condemn the host's "hurtful" comments and suggested she instead use her platform to spread positivity.
@Morgan_Stewart 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— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 24, 2019
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, i sang to to backtrack like most cameos do this is a normal thing,— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 24, 2019
And 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.. we can find something negative to say about anything or anyone— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 24, 2019
When are we gonna be the kind of people that find joy in adding value to one another and not tearing each other apart..— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 24, 2019
Grande also responded to Stewart's criticism, writing: "People look so ugly when they talk about other people like this, it’s crazy. Like no matter how pretty you are or how long u spent getting ready, u ugly to me now. HOW do people watch shit like this lmao."
The Thank U, Next artist also admitted that Bieber did, in fact, sing to a backtrack—a decision that was made due to time constraints.
we also decided to do this ten minutes before my set started. we had 0 soundcheck, 0 rehearsal. u were singing with the back tracking like most cameos do. 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. https://t.co/Rtk9f9gHYb— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 24, 2019
Grande went on to thank Bieber for joining her on stage, and reassured him "the world" was happy to have him back.
circling back. your fans, friends&the world is thrilled to have you back. everyone was so happy to see u smile like that. no one will ever understand how it feels to be u, but it’s not their job to. take care. make music. u are loved. p.s. everyone in that video will b streaming. https://t.co/rBr93HTiqm— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 24, 2019
people are so lost. one day everybody that works at all them blogs will realize how unfulfilled they are and purposeless what they’re doing is and hopefully shift their focus elsewhere. that’s gonna be a beautiful ass day for them! i can’t wait for them to feel lit inside. ✨🌫🌑— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 24, 2019
i don’t like when people try to ruin beautiful moments for my friends that’s all. have a good day.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 24, 2019
Bieber said his Coachella performance marked the first time "in two years" he's been on stage. He told the crowd he needed to get his "groove back" and announced his fifth studio album was "coming soon."