25 November, 2015 - NME.com
Justin Bieber's stylist has come to the defence of the pop singer after he was criticised by Nirvana fans for wearing one of the band's T-shirts at a recent awards ceremony.
The star has received a barrage of abuse in recent weeks after wearing both Nirvana and Metallica shirts.
Bieber's stylist Karla Welch spoke to Esquire, arguing that the grunge band's frontman Kurt Cobain would be OK with the singer repping his band if he were alive today.
"It’s not the first time he’s worn a Nirvana tee. We just have a nice collection of vintage tees, and then the tee he wore yesterday was actually Jerry Lorenzo’s from Fear of God. Jerry takes vintage tees and re-cuts them."
Welch continued: "Of course he’s a fan of Nirvana. I think it’s so funny that all these people are up in arms. I’m sure Kurt Cobain would be like – I mean I can’t speak for him, obviously – but I don’t think he was so snotty or that he would diss anyone who appreciated his music. I think he understood that that is like the antithesis of music appreciation.
"It’s so funny. But you know, fans are fans!" she added. "Whatever you want to say about being pop, but I don't think Kurt Cobain gave two fucks, and I don't think Justin Bieber does either. You know what I mean?"
Meanwhile, Cobain's widow Courtney Love has backed Bieber following the controversy, tweeting that the singer was "cool in my book". See that tweet below.
You're cool in my book @justinbieber xc— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) November 23, 2015