- Lizzo appeared to meet Chris Brown for the first time in a video shared on social media Saturday.
- She asked for a photo with Brown and called him her “favorite person in the whole fucking world.”
- The musicians’ interaction has ignited a debate on social media due to Brown’s history of violence.
Recorded backstage at the Millennium Tour in Los Angeles, the video shows the “Truth Hurts” singer, 33, as she appears to meet Brown, 32, for the first time.
“Can I get a picture with you?” Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Jefferson, asks him before adding, “You’re my favorite person in the whole fucking world.”
Brown proceeded to take a photo with Lizzo and her friends.
—Buzzing Pop (@BuzzingPop) October 2, 2021
The warm interaction between the musicians was met with controversy online, with many disappointed in Lizzo’s behavior toward Brown as he’s been repeatedly accused of violence against women.
His ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran, who began her on-and-off relationship with Brown in 2011, was granted a permanent restraining order against him in 2017 after she submitted evidence, including text messages from Brown threatening to “beat the shit” out of her, to the judge. Tran alleged that the singer physically assaulted her and threatened to kill her, according to The Daily Beast.
Brown denied Tran’s allegations and said he was the one that needed a restraining order, Complex reported.
And in 2009, Brown pled guilty after being charged with felony assault following a violent altercation with his then-girlfriend Rihanna before the Grammy Awards. He was sentenced to serve five years of probation and 1,400 hours of community service.
So, seeing Lizzo greet Brown with open arms on Saturday took many of her fans by surprise.
—Sir Girlwain (@planetvoidz2) October 2, 2021
—Leah 🏳️🌈 (@hutchleah) October 3, 2021
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—𝐞𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐡 (@eilidhcxmpbell) October 4, 2021
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Other individuals defended the Grammy-winning singer, pointing out that other big-name artists, including Drake and Justin Bieber, who have collaborated with Brown and publicly supported him in recent years.
Singling out Lizzo while still supporting other musicians that work with Brown, they reasoned, is unfair.
—𝕮𝖍𝖊𝖛 💕 (@iamchevarie) October 2, 2021
—N. (@nayadontgiveaf) October 2, 2021
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—Crystal Alejandro (@Crystalejandro) October 3, 2021
—𝓓𝓲’𝓛𝓸𝓷 🤎 (@dilonxt) October 2, 2021
Representatives for Lizzo did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.