Justin Bieber is being called “disrespectful” for posting a throwback photo of Sean “Diddy” Combs and the late Kim Porter to promote his new clothing line, Drew House.
In the caption, the singer wrote, “@drewhouse #diddyfordrewhouse @diddy KP YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED FOR THE STUNNING WOMAN YOU WERE INSIDE AND OUT..”
On Saturday, Diddy had shared the same imageon his Instagram with the caption, “This picture will go down in history as the first time I said she was MINE!!!! AND THE FIRST TIME I TOLD HER I LOVE HER, little did I know I was hers.”
Fans criticized Bieber, 25, for “plugging his merch” in the same breath as a tribute. “Delete this sir he shared this picture in memory of his wife not for promo for the clothing line,” one wrote. Added another: “He was mourning about his girlfriend under the post. This is disrespectful.”
But the “What Do You Mean?” singer defended his decision to share the image. “Ur wrong. God knows my heart, I know them and their family,” the pop star responded. “Don’t tell me I’m being disrespectful. I have all of the respect for both of them.”
In the comments, Bieber further explained, “I didn’t realize it was a photo of [Diddy] mourning KP, but I totally respect that, but I also respect how sick of a photo that is! It’s allay [sic] to appreciate art. Photographs are art and he happens to be wearing an identical outfit of my clothing line and I thought it was really cool.”
Porter had three kids with Diddy. She died on November 15 at age 47.