Chris Brown is a fan of the singer Vanessa Carlton, but she isn’t a fan of his. That was apparent when Brown posted a video of Carlton’s 2002 hit “A Thousand Miles,” and she wasn’t too happy about it.
“Today Chris Brown posted my video. I am now being repeatedly tagged to his account,” she wrote. “Being that today is International Women’s Day, I feel compelled to draw a line. I support survivors, not perpetrators of domestic violence. I do not want to be associated with an artist that has assaulted women on a day like today.”
It’s been nine years since Brown assaulted Rihanna on the night of Clive Davis’ Grammy party, which he served five years probation for. Since then, he and the “Umbrella” singer have broken up, gotten back together and parted ways once more. He also talked about the assault and expressed regret in his documentary “Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life” released in August of 2017.
However, Brown still hasn’t been able to shake the abuser tag completely since the assault, and its often brought up by the public and press. That could be why Carlton’s words didn’t seem to throw him off, and his response wasn’t harsh at all.
“I posted a song that was and still is a great song and the artist felt she was doing her duty as a woman to continue to spread this kind of hatred today,” he wrote. “I won’t keep it up long. I just hope she knows she is loved and her song is great.”
Although the “Loyal” singer chose not to diss Carlton, his followers went a different route and blasted her on social media.
“If you don’t support him, that’s your right,” one person wrote. “To make such a nasty post when he was just showing love. [This] has now made you look bad. His response to you was respectful and full of class. It shows how much he has grown from that unfortunate incident.”
“Really? He said nothing but nice words, and you turn around and do this, then delete it?” a woman tweeted. “I don’t support domestic violence either, but I do believe people can change and learn from their past. Don’t be a bitch. If it bothers you so much, just ignore it.”
The comments on Brown’s page were very similar and while people defended him, they ripped the “Thousand Miles” creator mercilessly.
So much, in fact, she’s already made her Instagram account private and removed much of the messages from her Twitter page. But you know how the Internet is, nothing ever disappears, so you can see some of those words below.