After Taylor Swift penned a blog claiming Scooter Braun had bullied her, Justin Bieber has issued his own response coming to the music executive’s defense.

Pop star Justin Bieber has apologized for a social media post he made in 2016 that upset Taylor Swift, but has hit back at her accusations that his manager Scooter Braun isn’t a bully.

On Sunday, June 30, singer took to Tumblrto publicly respond to the news that her former record label, Big Machine Label Group, had been acquired by Braun’s Ithaca Holdings. The singer-songwriter described her displeasure upon hearing the announcement, writing, “All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at [Braun’s] hands for years.”

Her post went on to reference the 2016 incident in which Kim Kardashian leaked a phone call between Taylor and Kanye West on Snapchat, as well as an Instagram post made by Justin. “…Scooter got his two clients together to bully me online about it,” Taylor alleged on Tumblr, referring to Justin and Kanye, the latter of whom is a former client of Braun’s. At the time of its initial posting in 2016, Justin’s Instagram read “Taylor Swift what up.” He has since deleted the caption.

Justin post read:

“Hey Taylor. First of all i would like to apologize for posting that hurtful instagram post, at the time i thought it was funny but looking back it was distasteful and insensitive.. I have to be honest though it was my caption and post that I screenshoted of scooter and Kanye that said “taylor swift what up” he didnt have anything to do with it and it wasnt even a part of the conversation in all actuality he was the person who told me not to joke like that.. Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you.! As the years have passed we haven’t crossed paths and gotten to communicate our differences, hurts or frustrations. So for you to take it to social media and get people to hate on scooter isn’t fair. What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog? seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully scooter”.

And goes on to say:

“Anyway, One thing i know is both scooter and i love you. I feel like the only way to resolve conflict is through communication. So banter back and fourth online i dont believe solves anything. I’m sure Scooter and i would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or or any feelings that need to be addressed. Neither scooter or i have anything negative to say about you we truly want the best for you. I usually don’t rebuttal things like this but when you try and deface someone i loves character thats crossing a line.. “.