Big Sean -- I Never Threatened Justin Bieber... That Tweet Is a Fake! http://t.co/38nKPAks8r
— TMZ (@TMZ) April 9, 2015
Has Justin Bieber really incurred the wrath of Big Sean after he hugged Ariana Grande during a surprise appearance at the songstress' concert at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on Wednesday night? Grande is the girlfriend of Big Sean.
There are doubts about the authenticity of a tweet which was allegedly posted by Big Sean then deleted, which allegedly read, "This kid is about to learn not to touch my girl like that. Beliebe that."
To backup. Justin and Ariana delighted the crowd by performing two songs together, first kicking off with Grande's "Love Me Harder" hit with The Weeknd, before singing Bieber's 2012 hit "As Long As You Love Me" after he sang his solo new single "Where Are Ü Now."
After the show, TMZ claimed the mildly flirtatious behavior of the Biebs annoyed Ariana's beau, Big Sean, who is, in fact, thought to have been in Ottawa, Canada at the time of his girlfriend's concert, according to tweets on his timeline and Instagram page.
This is the clip all you lot are hyping over...?
Justin Bieber hugging Ariana Grande from behind...
— #OnTopicTalkShow (@MarvAbbey) April 9, 2015
TMZ claims Big Sean posted the tweet below, before deleting it. However, that might not be true.
It's possible the tweet is fake and all this fuss is speculative.
The site alleges Big Sean was in the Forum crowd and reacted angrily to Justin hugging Ariana during their rendition of "As Long As You Love Me."
Although Grande unwrapped herself from Justin's embrace fairly quickly, the pair hammed up flirty interaction throughout the show, which is standard behavior between duetting pop stars, so it seems unlikely Big Sean would call Bieber out on Twitter.
The rapper is also a longtime friend of Bieber's. Sean rapped on the original "As Long As You Love Me" and guested on Justin's 2013 Journals album.
This tweet is a fake Big Sean never tweeted that. pic.twitter.com/I5QvQwQinI
— HoneymoonAvenue (@ObsessiveLil) April 9, 2015
The truth will come out a little later today. But we wouldn't be surprised if Grande, Bieber, or Sean corrects TMZ's probably click bait story with denial statements of some kind.
Moving on. What else happened during last night's show?
This time, Justin didn't forget the words to "Love Me Harder," as he did during Grande's show in Miami last month when he also performed as a surprise. He jokingly mentioned the past snafu during the Forum concert.
The Canadian rocked black leather pants, a black t-shirt, and an open short-sleeved white shirt, capped with a black cap, and seemed happy and at ease as he danced with Ariana -- who looked typically beautiful in a silver, halter-neck top, and pants with side-skirt detail and heels.
For her part, the petite Boca Raton native danced happily with Justin onstage before later hanging out with him backstage, along with her brother, Frankie.
SHE LOVES PERFORMING WITH HIM IM GONNA DIE https://t.co/3TzvenjCf2
— ashley. (@sinisterbiebs) April 9, 2015
When the tribal-beat first dropped in the EDM song -- which will be sent to radio on April 21 -- the Biebs was joined on stage by two backing dancers.
True to form, Justin gave fans a glimpse of his ripped abs during the dance banger. The volume of screams this prompted indicates that went down well with the audience, as did cheers at the end of the song.
Ariana and Justin then reunited to duet on "As Long As You Love Me."
The full performance is linked below.
During the absent Big Sean's rap part, the Biebs did the honors.
love of my life pic.twitter.com/ELRCqpCPAB
— jasmine (@jasjonesx) April 9, 2015
Ariana's brother, Frankie, took a shared selfie with Justin at the concert.
Post show, he shared another expressing joy at his continuing return to the big stage and hinted that a tour might be in the cards sooner rather than later.
He tweeted, "Love the stage. Thanks for having me @ArianaGrande and thanks LA. Gotta tour again soon :)"
Ariana also shared her feelings about the show and later tweeted the following:
la i love u. thank u for such a special night ☁️☁️
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 9, 2015
As did Frankie.
not only did @justinbieber sing beautifully, dance like a BOSS & live his LIFE onstage he was gracious, humble kind & sweet backstage 2 all.
— Frankie James Grande (@FrankieJGrande) April 9, 2015
Justin is set to perform at KIIS FM's Wango Tango on May 9, along with artists including headliner Kanye West, Nick Jonas, Sia, and others. After that, the superstar will headline the first day of the UK's Fusion Festival on August 28.
The Biebs onstage.
Ariana and Justin thrilled the Forum audience last night. Big Sean's reaction is in dispute.
The two singers are longtime friends. Grande supported Bieber on the second U.S. leg of his Believe tour in 2013.
Justin and Ariana hugged many times during her show and have done at other concerts. It has never seemed to be a problem for Big Sean before.
We await developments.
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