"Justin and Beliebers were 'born this way' too," the singer writes on her website.
Hours after Justin Bieber's arrest in Miami Beach on suspicion of DUI after drag racing, another pop superstar, Lady Gaga, came to the teenager's defense. On Thursday (Jan. 23), Gaga posted a message on her Little Monsters website, urging her millions of fans to support Bieber and his fan army in this time of crisis.
"Hey monsters. I know everyone today is taking about Justin's arrest and all sorts of words and judgements are happening on the Internet," Gaga wrote. "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and to stand up for themselves, but I think we should be supportive of Beliebers. They deserve, just like any other fan, to feel strong for each other and Justin so they can continue to share the bond they have through music.
"We may not understand everything celebrities do because there's only so much we see, but Justin and Beliebers were 'born this way' too," Gaga continued. "Let's spread love and compassion to Beliebers today. That is what we are all about. Can you trend #MonstersSupportBeliebers ?"
Gaga has long been an advocate of supporting her fellow pop stars and downplaying competition between artists. Last November, Gaga tweeted at a Katy Perry fan comparing the two pop singers, "It's not a competition. its music & meant to be beautiful."
And in January 2013, Gaga supported Bieber prior to the release of his "Believe Acoustic" set:
So proud of @justinbieber and all the Beliebers! I'm only happy to see your fans growing in size, you all deserve it! Monsters support you!
— Goddess of Love (@ladygaga) January 16, 2013
On Thursday, a Miami Beach judge charged Bieber with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license. Bieber was released on bail shortly after.