Justin Bieber Posts Meme In Support Of Chris Brown While Teasing New Music
While he posts cryptic hints to new music just around the corner, Bieber has also posted a tribute to Chris Brown.
Fans of Bieber are currently trying to decipher the clues he's posting to social media hinting at the imminent release of new music.
After his surprise appearance during Ariana Grande's Coachella set, a characteristically brief Bieber announced: "Album coming soon," as he left the stage.
In the last few days, Bieber has been posting strange hints that new music could be dropping as soon as May 10 -- with a countdown kicking off threatening a 10.
There are also strong suggestions that he could be collaborating with Ed Sheeran. The hints being that the pair of them are posting coordinated content like this:
Many believe the song could potentially be called "idc" after both Sheeran and Bieber posted a poll asking followers if they wanted new music -- with the "correct" answer coming up as the third option.
Prior to his appearance at Coachella, Bieber had said he was taking a break from music to focus on his health and spirituality, something he has made an effort to be open about on social media.
But between the countdowns to new music -- and his vulnerable updates on his mental health -- the "Sorry" crooner also posted an image to Instagram dedicated to Chris Brown which has left some fans scratching their heads.
The post is of an equation that says Brown is the combination of Michael Jackson and 2 Pac.
"Everyone wants to wait til people die To give them the credit they deserve," Bieber captioned the diagram.
"I'm calling it now when CB passes away after a long full life, you will miss what you had in front of you the whole time... trust me."
The image -- a striking feat of graphic design -- was originally posted by Nick Cannon back in 2015 where, in a now-deleted post, Cannon wrote a similar tribute to Brown adding, "A lot of times we don't realize or acknowledge our treasures while we still have them with us. We wait until they are gone to appreciate their power.
"Think about how much everyone attacked MJ and 2Pac while they were alive..."
The tribute to Brown comes days after he attacked the band Chvrches, who in-turn had spoken out about their disappointment at artists who continue to work with the man who has faced a series of legal issues including the domestic violence case in 2009 where he assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Since then Brown has been accused of several abuse allegations from other women.
Brown responded to Chvrches by writing, "these are the type of people I wish walked in front of a speeding bus full of mental patients".
Since Brown's posts, Chvrches have had to increase security at recent gigs due to death threats they've been receiving from his fans.
Meanwhile, Bieber's post has divided his audience with many coming to Brown's defense while others feel like the post insults 2 Pac, Jackson or both.
Many also took Bieber to task for his choice in words, saying Brown had "made mistakes" alluding to the allegations of abuse women have accused him of in the past, or the many other run-ins with the law Brown has had over the years.
"Your math is off, nobody equal Pac," wrote one fan while another simply commented, "Ain't nobody love a man who beats up their girlfriend dude. No matter how talented, he's f**ked up and cannot come back from that."
Bieber and Brown have had a long relationship, and most recently the young singer was confirmed as a guest on Brown's upcoming 'Indigo'.
Following Brown's detainment in Paris for drug and sexual assault charges, Bieber posted "No one can touch you ur the GOAT," on his Instagram.
Soon after Bieber posted the controversial equation, he went back to teasing his upcoming single.
Featured image: Instagram @justinbieber.