Ariana Grande has issued a strong statement in response hip hop artist Tekashi 6ix9ine's claims that she and Justin Bieber bought their number one spot on the US Billboard chart with their recent charity single, Stuck With U.
The rapper, who is under house arrest after serving prison time for racketeering, firearms offences, alleged that Grande bought tens of thousands of copies of the joint charity single with Bieber, and deprived Tekashi’s new release, Gooba, the No. 1 spot.
Posting on Instagram, he said, "Understand this, they bought 30,000 or so units on six credit cards. Six credit cards. Now again, you’re gonna enjoy your No.1. Now explain how you buy 30,000 with six credit cards."
In a strongly-worded response, 27-year-old Grande took to social media and said, "I would like to address a few things which I don’t usually do (I don’t give my energy to drama or strange accusations normally but this has gone a little too far)... my fans bought the song. JUSTIN’S fans bought the song. OUR fans bought this song (never more than four copies each, AS THE RULES STATE)."
She also thanked her fans. "They are ride or die motherf****** and i thank god every day that i have them in my life, not just when they fight for us to win (even when I ask them not to as I did this week) but because they’re some of the greatest people i know."
Grande, who recorded the single with Bieber to raise funds for the First Responders Children’s Organization, said that "anybody that is displeased with their placement" to humble themselves.
"Be grateful you’re even here," she said and added, "that people want to listen to u at all. It’s a blessed position to be in."
Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose real name Daniel Hernandez, also made a follow-up video to reply to Grande in which he said he wasn’t targeting her but a corrupt system where only those from privileged backgrounds reach success.
"I speak for the millions of kids that come from nothing," he said. "You say for me to be humble. I don’t think you know what humble is. YOU ARE VERY TALENTED AND BEAUTIFUL GOD BLESS YOU."